Holmbush could be new centre for St Austell
A NEW town centre could be created on the eastern side of St Austell's, it has been proposed.
Walker Developments, a company who have spearheaded new supermarket schemes in St Columb Major and Camelford – will put their vision for a new town centre to St Austell Town Council on Monday.
Richard Walker, from the company, said it wanted to redevelop five acres of brownfield land that adjoins Tesco, in Holmbush.
The proposals depend on the Tesco's planned extension going ahead.
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Tesco proposed more than doubling the size of its store – from 27,000 to 63,000sq ft, including a mezzanine floor – increasing its parking spaces from 325 to 480 and creating 180 jobs.
It also outlined plans to create a second entrance, ease congestion, and make the store more environmentally sustainable.
Mr Walker said if this scheme goes ahead, the company has a contractual agreement to develop the five-acre adjoining site where Teddington Group, which manufactures electrical devices, currently stands.
He said Teddington, which employs about 90 people, is looking to relocate to more modern premises.
Walker Developments said their scheme would include national retailers, health centres, dentists, community halls and play schools.
"It would be a district centre to provide a focal point for the eastern side of St Austell. There are an awful lot of people who live there who would be able to walk to it," he said.
"It would provide what the Coyte Farm development would provide but on a brownfield site in an existing urban area, rather than departure into the countryside."
The proposed retail development would be five acres, compared to Coyte Farm, which would be almost 100 acres.