New supermarket will create 260 jobs for Cornish town
A planning application has been submitted for a multi-million-pound mixed-use development at Launceston, including a new Morrisons foodstore which could provide 260 new jobs.
Plymouth-based Development Securities & Wessex Investors (DSW), has submitted the detailed planning application to Cornwall Council for a foodstore, a Premier Inn, a Marston's family pub and 275 homes off the Link Road in Launceston.
More than 600 local visitors attended a two-day public consultation exhibition about the development earlier this year in the Launceston Guildhall. Some 81% of those who commented on the proposal supported the scheme, with only 6% against.
DSW said they had taken on board many of comments and suggestions arising out of the consultation and had incorporated them wherever possible into the submitted planning application.
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Launceston Town Council's planning committee will consider the scheme on October 11.
Deputy mayor Dave Gordon said: "The town has to grow, but I think there are too many houses and not enough employment opportunities in the plan.
"There has to be support for the town centre, which is struggling. I welcome any jobs that Morrisons brings to the town but there has to be the infrastructure to go with it."
Chamber of Commerce member Paul Loft, who has a sweet shop in the town, said the organisation was resigned to the fact another superstore was coming, but agreed Morrisons would do the "least amount of damage" to the town centre because it sold fewer non-food items than its rivals.
He said the Chamber would be talking with planners to see what conditions could be put in place to help mitigate any effect on the town centre.
DSW spokesman Andrew Pegg, said: "Local people recognise, as we do, that it will provide Launceston with a significant boost, particularly in these difficult times."