Developer in protest over art cash condition
A NEW drive-through restaurant and large retail unit is likely to be built on the edge of Truro.
The project on the former Oak Tree Inn site opposite the park-and-ride at Threemilestone had stalled because of the recession but is now ready to get "off the ground" according to a developer.
But while the scheme is set to go ahead, developer Walker Developments argued it should not have to pay £25,000 for public art as part of the planning deal.
The original consent was granted in 2008 for a retail development, with permission for the drive-through restaurant and a car wash given in December last year.
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Damien Burley, director at Walker Developments, said: "We are now getting to the point where there is some interest. There is an opportunity to get this scheme off the ground."
The retail development is for a non-food unit and Mr Burley said it could be for goods such as DIY, furniture or carpets. The initial planning application said 50 to 75 jobs could be created.
As part of the planning agreements, developers would have to pay for traffic improvements and new paths for cyclists and walkers to improve access to the site just off the A390.
Under the original planning consent granted by the former Carrick District Council for the retail unit, the developer is also obliged to pay £25,000 for public art on the site.
Mr Burley claimed this requirement was unfair and has applied to Cornwall Council for it to be removed, along with a demand for more than £8,500 for recycling facilities.
Mr Burley said: "At the time, Carrick had an aspiration to have public art, which we agreed to.
"No other development has made this contribution and there is no policy for it. Why should we pay for public art if nobody else has to?"
The developer pointed to retail developments such as the Hendra hotel, near its site, and the Truro Eastern District Centre, which have not faced any requirement to pay for public art.
Mr Burley said money would be better spent on the necessary highways improvements.