Plans scrapped for Tesco superstore at Newquay Tretherras Academy
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a Tesco superstore on land at Newquay Tretherras Academy have been scrapped, it was revealed yesterday.
The school had been banking on a deal to fund major improvements that would ensure it remained “fit for purpose” for the next 50 years – but the proposals were passionately opposed by neighbours and traders on nearby Chester Road who warned the move could cause traffic chaos and force businesses to close.
A school spokesman said it had proved impossible to agree on the “finer detail” of a contract, and road access was deemed too problematic.
The news comes just days after the Cornish Guardian learnt a temporary deal giving Tesco exclusive rights to build at Tretherras had expired.
Fantastic offer at Swanson Ford, Newton Abbot. 3 Years FREE Servicing and 5 Years Warranty available on your BRAND NEW FORD FIESTA with the AWARD WINNING ECOBOOST ENGINE!!!
Terms: Limited stock available. Only whilst stock lasts
Contact: 01626 240583
Valid until: Tuesday, December 24 2013
An ‘exclusivity agreement’ with the school, rumoured to be worth £100,000, ran out on July 31.
Chairman of governors Sarah Karkeek said: “We’re very disappointed that we’ve had to make this decision but it was approved unanimously by our governors and, we believe, is the right one in the circumstances.
“This has been an incredibly tough decision. Years of hard work have taken place and we were very excited about the plans.
“The work has not been in vain, as we have developed an excellent set of proposals for the future. It may be that our vision will take longer to achieve but I’m confident we will continue to provide all our students with the best possible education and opportunities for their future.”
James Wiggam, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “We have been pleased to work with the school. We understand there may be some disappointment a decision has been made not to sign a contract but know the school retains an exciting vision to improve its facilities.”
Newquay’s mayor Sandy Carter said: “This will certainly come as good news for a lot of people in the area who were fighting the plans.”
Local Cornwall councillor Pat Lambshead said: “I’m delighted that sense has been seen, but I now wait with trepidation as to what Tretherras might think up next.”
He said it should form a joint academy with Newquay Junior Academy, as had been proposed, and sell the junior school site at Edgcumbe Avenue to raise capital.
Stephen Gilbert, MP for Newquay and St Austell, said: “I welcome the fact that Tesco and Tretherras have abandoned plans for a supermarket on the school's land.
“This proposal was always very controversial with many people worried about the loss of sporting land, the impact on local businesses and over development of the area.
“I have worked with both the school and local residents as these proposals have developed and will continue to work with the school to ensure they are able to attract the funding it needs to maintain world-class teaching facilities.”
Val Martin, chairman of RAID (Residents Against Inappropriate Development), which opposed the Tesco plan, was unavailable for comment.