'It wasn't just my decision to reject Coyte Farm'
THE chairman of Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee has defended his decision vote against the Coyte Farm proposals, which ultimately saw the rejection of the scheme.
Rob Nolan said he cast his vote based on the evidence he had heard and refuted any suggestion he had blocked the Coyte Farm scheme because of its impact on Truro.
He said: "We had six hours of debate and I had already decided the GVA Grimley report was best.
"It was clear Coyte Farm was going to take 30 per cent of trade out of St Austell town centre and compete directly with the town centre.
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"I would not want that on the edge of Truro and I don't think it was right for St Austell.
"There is no doubt St Austell could do with bigger stores but this was the wrong application for me.
"St Austell Town Council was against it, the Business Improvement District was against it and the chamber of commerce was against it."
He said it was not his decision alone to reject it.
"It was not decided by me – it was decided by 20 members of the committee. I don't see it as a Truro person making the decision," he said.
Mr Nolan said he had previously voted against the Truro Eastern District Centre on the outskirts of the city, which will include a Waitrose.
The former mayor of Truro said he had not responded to abuse aimed at him on social media following the meeting.