Duchy courts superstore (not Waitrose) for its Newquay site
THE Duchy of Cornwall says it has lined up one of the UK's top supermarket chains to open a store at its proposed Nansledan development in Newquay.
The Cornish Guardian reported earlier this month how detailed plans for Nansledan – the name given to a 218- hectare greenfield site off Quintrell Road and behind Hendra Road – would include 800 new homes, a primary school and shops as part of the Newquay Growth Area.
Also included in the development is a supermarket, and the Duchy claims it is in advanced negotiations with a big name.
However, it is believed that it will not be a Waitrose store. A similar Duchy development planned in Truro will include a Waitrose.
"At this stage we are not able to reveal the identity of the supermarket in question," a spokeswoman said.
Any food store on its land would not suffer should a proposed Tesco store on land at nearby Tretherras School win approval, she added.
The school is currently in discussions with Tesco about siting a 60,000sq ft store on land at the north of its site, currently occupied by the lower junior school, the Hexagon Theatre and Happy Days Nursery.
Meanwhile, campaigners fighting the proposed Tesco at Tretherras School kept up the pressure this week with a demonstration close to Porth Four Turns roundabout.
Waving banners, protestors from Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID) showed they would not give up without a fight.
Dr Valerie Martin from RAID said she welcomed the Duchy's plans for a supermarket and it would be on a better site than at Tretherras.
"RAID would welcome the supermarket on the Newquay Growth Area and would encourage the Duchy and the planning authorities to finalise their plans as soon as possible," she said.
The Duchy spokeswoman said Nansledan was expected eventually to include 3,750 homes and a similar number of jobs.
Work on the first phase is scheduled to start in the new year. This will include 126 homes, employment space and the first part of the Newquay Strategic Route that will eventually connect Hendra in the south to Rialton Road in the north.