£110m Coyte Farm plan yet to be decided
WHAT does the decision mean for Coyte Farm?
The £110 million development was originally due to be discussed by the strategic planning committee alongside the other two supermarket applications.
But it was delayed and it is now expected to be heard in the summer.
St Austell Bay Chamber of Commerce chairman Tom French said: "I expect quite a lot of water will go under the bridge between now and then that may or may not affect their application."
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Mike Coles, from Broadley Park Properties, said the decision made at the committee meeting would not affect the desire of Coyte Farm's developers, Mercian, to bring the scheme forward as soon as possible. "It remains a major threat to the future viability of St Austell town centre and other centres in Cornwall.
"We understand it has been delayed due to further objections from the Environment Agency and English Heritage, which highlights just how controversial the proposal is on many, many different economic and environmental matters," he said. "It has the potential to sell everything the town centre does. It will immediately destroy White River Place, and then the town centre.
"This is particularly concerning at a time when St Austell town centre is very much on the up."
He added that there was a "clear" demand for some out-of-centre non-food retail but not on the scale of Coyte Farm. Mercian was not available for comment at the time the Cornish Guardian went to press.