Legal action threatens Truro Waitrose plans
Plans for a new supermarket and park and ride site in Cornwall are almost certain to face a major legal challenge that could stop the scheme in its tracks.
In addition to the new Waitrose store and parking, the Truro Eastern District Centre (TEDC) also includes plans for more than 100 houses and a recycling centre.
But the controversial multi-million pound project is facing a major threat in the form of legal action from Truro City Council.
It has now been given permission by the High Court to pursue a Judicial Review into the planning approval for the scheme granted by Cornwall Council.
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The project is backed by Waitrose, the Duchy of Cornwall, Cornwall Council and Taste of Cornwall which accused the city council of being "out of touch with the electorate".
Roger Gazzard, clerk of Truro City Council, said: "It would be an example of how not to develop on the edge of a precious rural market town that has a beautiful agricultural landscape setting and a fragile retail economy.
"Cornwall Council, the Duchy of Cornwall and Waitrose would produce, in a beautiful valley in open countryside, an isolated suburban ribbon of development."
The city council has agreed to set aside £45,000 for legal battles in this year's budget and is also considering a Judicial Review against the planning permission for 1,500 homes near Threemilestone.
Elwyn Jones, chairman of Taste for Cornwall and a partner in the proposed TEDC, said: "I am naturally disappointed on behalf of Cornish agriculture when we are trying to satisfy the current accelerated demand for local produce and feel that TCC are completely out of touch with their electorate and their attempts to frustrate the democratic planning process do not serve their electorate well."
A spokesman for Cornwall Council said: "Cornwall Council welcomes the High Court's decision to bring forward without delay the hearing into Truro City Council's judicial review in respect of the Truro Eastern District Centre.
"We are confident that the decision to award planning permission is lawful and we will be robustly defending the application."