Newquay householders attack old bus station plans
PLANS to build three family restaurants on an eyesore site in Newquay have been blasted as "madness" and a "nightmare" by neighbours.
Developer Monmouth Properties has lined up three unnamed eateries, rumoured to include chicken chain Nando's, for the Old Bus Station site on East Street.
Proposals submitted to Cornwall Council, and already approved by Newquay Town Council, also include moving an existing toilet block on the site to Trebarwith Crescent.
Monmouth Properties says it hopes to have the restaurants open by next summer.
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However, homeowners on the residential street are objecting on Cornwall Council's website, saying they were not consulted and that the town council did not back their calls for wider consultation before throwing its weight behind the plans.
Other concerns include parking, litter, antisocial behaviour and noise from the restaurants, which would probably be licensed to sell alcohol until midnight.
Louisa Borg wrote: "Although I am pleased to see this site being redeveloped, I am not so pleased to hear that it will be turned into three restaurants. This development will make life here even more of a nightmare than it already is.
Lynn Davidson called it "absolute madness" in a town already swamped with restaurants and cafés, while Tracy Earnshaw wrote: "As the planning application only states East Street, many residents have been and are likely to remain unaware of the development and in particular the plan to site public toilets on their street."
The Cornish Guardian has been unable to contact anyone from Monmouth or planning agent Debbie Hume.
A report by the developer reveals it did speak to residents of nearby Penhaven Court, who had a "mixed response" to the plans, and to the mayor, councillors, a 'public conveniences working party' and the manager of the town's Business Improvement District, among others, and says: "The majority of the responses have been supportive and welcoming."
Geoff Brown, Cornwall councillor for Newquay Central, said: "This is going to bring household names, into Newquay. It will not only attract seasonal visitors but also day visitors."