Last night I attended a public meeting in St. Austell to hear the publics views on three planning applications. These are:
- PA12/06049 – Land Adjoining Existing Pentewan Retail Park Pentewan Road. Construction of New food and non food superstore with associated service yard, customer car parking.
- PA12/08765 – St Austell One Stop Shop 39 Penwinnick Road. Demolition of the existing Council Office Buildings and erection of a new food store
- PA12/ 10096 – Land At Coyte Farm St Mewan. A large out-of-town Shopping Park, petrol station, pub, car park and other associated works.
The meeting was packed with over 200 people in attendance, leaving standing room only. It was disappointing that while the crowd were very well-behaved, they only talked about one application, and that was the Coyte Farm. It was like the other two applications were forgotten during the evening.
In total 50 people spoke, and the split for Coyte Farm was 15 for, 26 against the application. There were nine who made comments, but did not come down either totally pro, or against. Sadly, one person decided to threaten the committee members with a Judicial Review if Coyte Farm was not turned down. Threats like this are not welcomed, and I am pleased to say are ignored.
I feel these public meetings really work, as it give the wilder public a chance to give their views as not everyone can speak at a planning committee. These three applications will be heard and hopefully decided in March.