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Plans for petrol station and drive-through scrapped

Plans for petrol station and drive-through scrapped

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:25am 2nd April 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to build a new petrol station and drive-through outlets on one of the busiest roads in St Austell have been withdrawn.

A planning application had been submitted to Cornwall Council last year to build the new facility on land at Holmbush Road.

The plans, which included a convenience store, a drive-through coffee shop and a drive-through restaurant, had been put forward by Euro Garages which operates outlets for the likes of Greggs, Spar, KFC, Starbucks and Burger King.

It was suggested that the site could be the location of Cornwall’s first Starbucks drive-through outlet.

However last week it was revealed that the planning application has now been withdrawn.

Cornwall Council highways officers had raised an objection to the plans saying they did not believe they showed a safe and suitable access for all road users.

St Austell Town Council had also objected due to “poor access onto a busy road” and increased air pollution.

When the plans were submitted they attracted a number of objections from local residents, most of them concerned about the impact the new outlets could have on an already busy route.

Objecting on the council website Karen Sheppard said: “We strongly object to this application the traffic is busy enough, coming out of our drive is a nightmare as it is which is right opposite the proposed site.”

Phil Best added: “I strongly object. There is no good reason for the proposed development.

“The A390 is already a highly congested road and there are plenty of fast food outlets, supermarkets and petrol filling stations within just a few miles. This development will only increase congestion and pollution in an already sensitive area. The development may create new jobs but it also puts existing jobs at risk through over competition with the nearby businesses.

“I see no benefit to the immediate area or St Austell as a whole, only increased inconvenience.

“I appreciate St Austell needs a lot of investment and rejuvenation but this is not the way forward.”

It is not known why the planning application was withdrawn.

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