Cornwall Council agrees Morrisons deal in Looe
PEOPLE in Looe have come one step closer to finally having a supermarket built in the town, after Cornwall Council agreed to sell a plot of land at Polean to Morrisons.
The decision was made just one week after Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee rejected Tesco's plans to build a store, petrol station and 36 affordable new homes on land off Barbican Road.
Cornwall councillor for East Looe, Armand Toms, said: "Had Morrisons not come in with a bid for Polean then Tesco probably would have got permission, but in the Grimley sequential test Polean came out as the better site."
During Wednesday's meeting, the Cabinet agreed to sell the land to the supermarket chain and bring forward the development of the site.
"A majority of residents in the town want a supermarket and I hope Morrisons bring forward plans and public consultation soon," Mr Toms added.
Cornwall councillor for West Looe and Lansallos, Edwina Hannford, who spoke at the meeting, said she hopes the development will benefit community projects in the town.
"I argued strongly that a proportion if not all of the capital receipt that Cornwall Council will receive should be ploughed back into Looe to fund community projects and support for the trading centres of East and West Looe," Mrs Hannaford said.
"I would also want to ensure that any adverse impacts on the trading centres of East and West Looe are mitigated and linked trips encouraged.
The deal includes a new store for Jewsons, improvements to the access and road safety around the site and funding towards social housing via the West Looe Town Trust.
Mrs Hannaford said: " If this deal can deliver ... plus truly affordable housing for local people, improved workshop facilities, as well as road improvements, this could be a good deal for Looe."