Supermarkets, Supermarkets and a Stadium.

One of the Committees I am a member of is Strategic Planning. If truth be told I really like this committee because of the different types of  applications it covers, and the level of detail you have to go into on each application. For any application there can be literally 100s of pages of technical information, representations (from all parties) and various other important information. All of this has to be read and cross-examined before you make a decision that could change people’s lives.

In September and October the Strategic Planning Committee is going to be rather busy. This is because of the number of applications due, and the emotive nature of some (if not all) of them. I can’t recall in the two years I have been on this committee a more busy or important period than the next two months.

The list of applications that are due to come before the Strategic Planning Committee is as follows:

• Dean Quarry, review of mineral planning permission
• Delabole Quarry, review of mineral planning permission
• Denzell Downs Wind Farm
• East District Centre, Truro, foodstore, park and ride, housing
• Garlenick Manor Wind Turbines
• Hayle supermarkets
• Sainsbury’s, Falmouth
• Sainsbury’s, Penzance
• Tesco, Penzance, extension
• Tregadillet Road, Kennards House, trunk road service area
• Truro stadium and road
• Tuckingmill, housing development
• Westwood Quarry, review of mineral planning permission

As you can see, there are some big supermarket applications that include those from Hayle, Penzance, and the controversial Truro East District Centre plan. Included in the mix is the application for the stadium in Truro, which is likely to attract a lot of attention too.

Luckily all these applications will be web-casted due the important nature of the applications, and more importantly, the huge public interest these applications are likely to attract.

One thing I know is my eyes are going to hurt from all the reading that will be required on each application.

24 comments

  • Gill Martin

    The Truro stadium would be good as long it does not end up like the Eden Project which has had to diversify, ie Concerts, in order for it to remain viable. If this were to happen, depending on what event was staged there, the behaviour of the clientel may be of consideration to the surrounding residential areas.

  • Anonymous

    The Stadium for Cornwall will be fantastic. At last this County could have a facility like every other county in the country has. That's unless short sighted views stop it progressing.

  • Gill Martin

    Other counties may have sports 'facilites' but not every county has a 'stadium' not that it is to say that Cornwall should not have one, providing it is financially viable long term.

  • Zetetist

    Busy indeed. But can you explain the moral basis for Cornwall Council's own Strategic Planning Committee determining an application (the Truro eastwards extension) when it is itself one of the applicants.

  • Gill Martin

    Truros infrastructure is not ideally designed to cope with additional building projects, particularly with the current congestion around the hospital area. Therefore, I think the stadium would be better sited at St Dennis along with the incinerator,it would then have its own access road. If the stadium eventually diversifies to remain financially viable and has concerts etc there, then all possible rubbish left behind can be popped into the incinerator next door. It could even be used as a carrot, ie, you have the incinerator at St Dennis and we will give you a stadium.

  • Anonymous

    Gill,please tell us which other county(ies) dont have stadiums

  • Gill Martin

    Kent may have bog standard football clubs but nothing like what is proposed for Truro stadium, to include training facilities etc. If we are talking bog standard football clubs then Cornwall already has these. Kent does not have a stadium anywhere near the scale of the proposed Truro one complete with all the proposed extra entities. They may call them stadiums, but at one stadium they only race dogs.

  • Gill Martin

    Now how about this Denzell Downs wind farm. Last time I looked, there was a footpath running through there. Not another proliferation of grotty looking turbines with which to blight the Cornish landscape. Looking on the bright side, if I walk the footpath and a piece of turbine falls on my head I can put in for a nice compensation claim. (Just think, I could work my way through all these controversial planning applications, or I might just shut up)

  • Anonymous

    Wrong Gill,Kent has grounds that meet the requirements for football league admission,Guess where doesnt?
    Dont you think Cornwall deserves a "bog standard" ground,

  • Gill Martin

    So enlighten me, where in Kent? because I sure never found one the size proposed for Cornwall. For the record I never stated Cornwall should not have a stadium, I just do not agree with the proposed site. In addition, i would be interested to know who will finance it long term?

  • Gill Martin

    Incidentally there is a big difference between grounds that meet the requirements for football league admission and a stadium like the one proposed for Truro. Gillingham is about as good as it gets in Kent, and that is nothing like what is proposed for Cornwall. Bit like saying the local corner shop is a supermarket, may be called a supermarket but it is hardly on par with Sainsbury's.

  • Anonymous

    Gill ,Gillinghams ground meets the requirements of the football league,no ground in Cornwall does, the capacity of the Gillingham ground will be more than the stadium for cornwall,but hey ,lets not worry about facts,lets just comment on things,whether we know anything about them or not,Kent has easy access to London,Cornwall has nothing,You can call the ground what you like,the extra facilities are needed to make it viable,plenty of info out there on the long term finances of the stadium ,just as there is on the reasons for its situation
    Why do you feel the need to comment on something,thatclearly you know nothing about,we already have your weekly contributions about nothing in the local papers every week,please resist the desire to comment on every single blog post,unless you can add to the debate.

  • Gill Martin

    Incidentally, lets hope a Cornwall stadium does not bring with it the problems like in Kent. Lack of parking,(which I doubt a park and ride could cope with) and anti social behaviour which requires a substantial police presence. This is of great concern to local residents in Kent. So when stating "that Cornwall could have what every other county has" this may be of consideration. (What do I know about sport though, the limit of my sport is swimming in the sea all year round.)Of course there is always the case of the millenium dome to consider, in the London borough of Greenwich, now the O2 arena. That was another 'white elephant' built at cost to the tax payer originally and then sold off. I reiterate, I am only against the proposed location of a Cornwall stadium.

  • Gill Martin

    Perhaps I am wrong, but I thought the proposed Truro stadium is to seat 16,000 people. The largest stadium in Kent holds 11,582, therefore like i previously said, Kent does not have a stadium on the scale proposed for Truro.

  • Gill Martin

    As I do not know much about sport, perhaps someone could tell me, will the stadium be financially maintained by the football itself or will rugby contribute? and what happens if there is a shortfall of funding further on down the line? will it diversify like the Eden project and have concerts? and what happens if it still does not make enough money?

  • Anonymous

    Gill,no perhaps about it,you are wrong,the initial capacity of the staium will be 10,000,so your bog standard Gillingham ground will be bigger,please do some simple research before you post.
    The O2 arena is one of the most successfull concert venues in the world,hardly anybodys definition of a white elephant,if you think Rugby is going to attract anti social behaviour ,you know nothing of the sport or the people that watch it…

  • Gill Martin

    At least by commenting, one gets feedback and therefore one learns. If you don't like what I write in the paper, simple, Don't read what I write. At least I say who I am and do not make derogatory comments to people and then put anonymous.

  • Gill Martin

    I did not state that rugby would attract anti social behaviour. You missed the point on the O2 Arena, yes it is successful but the original use of the dome was not, that is why it was sold off.

  • Gill Martin

    I do not need to do research before I post, as I am sure there will always be some anonymous person out there to put me right on the facts, and throw in a few derogatory remarks to me at the same time. Thanks for the learning curve. Psychology is a wonderful thing.

  • Jen Pearce

    Gill, (thanks for loan of the log in) ermm, me thinks anon with personal digs, is councillor poss? or even blog owner? what do u think? poss? Well, I know nothing about anything either and have done no research either but like u I am still gonna comment. If Cornwall wants what every other county has then forget the stadium and get some wheelie bins, and an education plan on how to recycle.

  • Cllr Andrew Wallis

    Gill's Friend,

    I have not idea who the anons are. One thing is for sure I know it is not the blog owner as I publish everything under my name.

  • Gill Martin

    Jen, what part of 'read, but do not comment' did you not understand? No way would it be Andrew Wallis, he is honest and open and not a coward. As for any other councillors, I would like to think Cornwall councillors would not be that petty.

  • Jen Pearce

    Appologies to Andrew for the wrong assumption. Afraid my brain booked off duty at 2100. I'm sorry. Regarding Anon telling Gill not to comment on every post, jog on mate, Gill only takes orders from people she respects. May I remind you, it is not your blog anon. With regard to, I quote you "plenty of info out there on the long term finances of the stadium" but it dosn't gaurantee the long term finances will always be in place. Strategic planning is not infalible, and life is not predictable. As for your comment, I quote "Kent has easy access to London, Cornwall has nothing" So Kent has easy access to London, so what. Cornwall has loads of assets, that far outway anything Kent has. One thing is for sure Cornwall has lots of anonymous people.

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