Fate of two major development plans for Newquay awaited
THE FATE of two major developments, which together could bring 800 homes, two new supermarkets and national retail giants to Newquay, will be decided at a crunch meeting tomorrow.
But council chiefs have advised that only one of the proposals – either the next phase of the Duchy of Cornwall's Nansledan development or Kingsley Development's Trevithick Manor scheme – should be approved due to the economic impact on the town centre.
A leading retail consultant claimed Newquay could lose 33 per cent of its trade if both schemes are given the green light, and the town centre would "fall into the minority" in terms of its share of retail space in the town.
"It is my firm opinion that both proposals, because of their scale, should be considered and determined at the same time in order that the effect of one scheme on the other can be explored. Indeed, such is the scale of impact associated with both schemes, that members may wish to make a choice between them," the council's retail expert wrote.
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The Nansledan scheme, which will include 800 homes, a supermarket and retail space, has been earmarked for approval.
A second application by the duchy, for Newquay Strategic Route (NSR), set to be the backbone of Nansledan, eventually linking the A392 at Hendra Holiday Park with the A3058 and A3059 to the north-east of the town, has also been recommended for approval.
Two separate applications are to be heard as part of the Trevithick Manor scheme, by Kingsley Developments. The first, which includes a retail complex, restaurant and a hotel was approved in principle by the committee at the end of last month, subject to certain conditions.
The application will go back before the committee for a final decision tomorrow along with a second application by Kingsley for a supermarket. Both applications have been recommended for refusal.
According to the report, if Nansledan alone was approved, the impact on town centre trade would be 22 per cent, while Trevithick would be 28 per cent.
Despite the perceived impact, Newquay Town Council and Newquay Chamber of Commerce both supported the Kingsley Development scheme. The town council also backs the duchy scheme.
Neither the duchy nor Kingsley Developments would comment ahead of tomorrow's meeting, although the manager of Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) said the developments could exist alongside town centre retailers as long as they complemented, rather than competed against, each other.
Emilie Calhaem, BID manager said: "While out of town developments can be perceived as a direct threat to the high street, provided their offering is complementary rather than competitive, they can add value to a town by encouraging more visitors who might otherwise have gone elsewhere to come and explore.
"It is our hope that Newquay, in five years' time, will be a vibrant destination for both visitors and locals that provides people with a broad retail and leisure offering."