Bodmin west is set for growth with supermarket and council offices
THE western area of Bodmin is set to be revitalised with a new discount supermarket and council offices bringing hundreds of workers to the area.
Yesterday Cornwall's strategic planning committee gave the go-ahead for both schemes, which straddle Dunmere Road.
Henry Boot Developments gained consent for the supermarket, with Aldi rumoured to be the company moving in. More than 60 jobs are anticipated.
As a condition of consent, the developer will pay £50,000 towards a transport strategy for the town.
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It will be Bodmin's sixth supermarket. Access for customers will be off Midway Road.
Figures from Cornwall Council show many people from outside the town do their main weekly shop in Bodmin, including 42 per cent of shoppers from the Camelford area and 14 per cent from Liskeard.
A planning officer, recommending approval for the new discount supermarket, told councillors: "It is our overall assessment that the scheme would not result in any significant level of trade diversion which would adversely impact upon the trading situation of Bodmin town centre or stores."
He said the majority of trade would come from shoppers who already used the out-of-town supermarkets such as Asda and Morrisons.
The council also approved a planned £10 million office block to house 350 of its staff on the opposite side of the road, at the Bodmin Technology Park.
The workers will come from offices currently in Bodmin and other areas, with building work due to be completed within three years.
There is also a scheme in the pipeline to extend the offices to cater for another 675 council staff.
The Beacon Technology Park has also been earmarked as the location for a new BT telehealth centre, which would create 300 jobs, and developer Wainhomes has outline planning consent for more than 200 new houses off Boundary Road.
Ann Kerridge, the local Cornwall councillor, said the fortunes of Bodmin's western side were on the up.
"The new council offices are a boost for the whole town and give a kick-start for new development on the Beacon Technology Park, which has been derelict for too long," she said.
"The next challenge is to get BT's new telehealth jobs into a second office on the site. More shops at this end of town have been needed for a long time. We expect the new supermarket to be Aldi but this hasn't been confirmed.
"I hope it will offer competition to the supermarkets on the other side of town. Boundary Road can be very dangerous, especially where it gets even narrower near Dunmere.
"The road through the middle of the Wainhomes estate will divert traffic away from a potential death-trap, leaving the far end of Boundary Road to be enjoyed by walkers, riders and cyclists."