Sixth supermarket approved for town
DEVELOPERS have been given approval to build a new supermarket on a site off Dunmere Road – with Aldi rumoured to be the company moving in.
Bodmin's sixth supermarket could be open in time for Christmas 2014, with the developers also receiving planning permission for additional retail units on a nearby site, creating dozens of jobs.
Henry Boot Developments has an agreement with a national supermarket chain to occupy the former Invensys site next to the Group Travel depot and are "in talks" with a handful of other retailers to move in on the same site.
"We are talking to a national supermarket chain to move in on the former Invensys site; terms have been agreed and we are currently finalising legal agreements," said Julian Painter, of Henry Boot Developments.
"If all goes to plan we will be going out to tender to local contractors in January and looking to break ground in March in time for a Christmas 2014 opening.
"We are talking to two or three other retailers to move in on the same site, we've had quite a bit of interest. Proposals are for outdoor or sports retailers that aren't currently in Bodmin. There are no units in the town centre big enough."
Access for customers to the supermarket will be off Midway Road and more than 60 jobs are anticipated. As a condition of consent, the developer will pay a contribution to local highway improvements.
Henry Boot also plans to develop on a site 150 yards further down Dunmere Road but as yet no agreements are in place.
"It's a little early to say who will move to that site, no deals have been done so far," Mr Painter said.
"The plans for that site are for a smaller convenience food store and possibly a restaurant with a drive-through."
Mr Painter believes the two developments will give the town a major boost.
"This is a good thing for Bodmin with new jobs being created and hopefully new retailers moving in that don't currently exist in the town."
The western area of Bodmin as a whole is set to be revitalised with Wainhomes beginning the development of a housing estate between Boundary Road and Dunmere Road early next year (see page 7) and a new £9 million local authority administrative centre off Dunmere Road expected to be open for business by the summer of 2014.
Ann Kerridge, Cornwall councillor for Bodmin West, believes that the agreement with the supermarket chain is a sign of things to come for the town.
"The fact that these major retailers, including KFC, want to move to the town shows that they believe in Bodmin's future and it's a sign that the town will soon begin to thrive."