Cornish town traders jubilate as retail park plan rejected after appeal
An appeal against Cornwall Council’s decision to deny planning permission for a commercial park on the outskirts of Camborne has been dismissed.
The request was brought by Quora, a Newark and Nottingham-based company that specializes in commercial and mixed-use real estate development.
IDB Camborne was campaign against Quora’s plans to build out of town retail units, which will be called Polstrong, on land north of Roseworthy Hill since 2017 and news of the end result has been greeted with joy by hundreds of businesses in the city.
“This is a true example of the power of people,” said Sharron Lipsombe-Manley, President of BID Camborne and owner of a delicatessen. “Quora made no effort to engage with BID or any of our member companies and frankly played poker with a local livelihood.
“It has never been more important to support our high street and I am delighted that this proposal is now completely dead.
“We would be very happy if any of the companies considering setting up in the business park wanted to take over one of Camborne’s vacant sites. Anything that contributes to consumer choice in our downtown area will always be welcome. “
The news comes as Camborne waits to hear from the government about its own plan to revitalize the community through the Town Deal initiative.
“We have shortlisted nine projects in our application for government funding of £ 25million,” said Anna Pascoe, Director of BID Camborne and President of Camborne Town Deal. “They have all been carefully reviewed by our Board of Directors, in consultation with the local community, and, if accepted, will make a huge difference.
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“Polstrong would have ripped out Camborne’s heart and I am so delighted and relieved that Quora’s appeal was rejected. This issue has been going on for four years and I want to thank everyone involved, including the former director and directors of BID, for their persistence in getting this project rejected.
Quora’s refund request was also denied. A decision on Camborne Town Deal’s investment plan is expected in May.
The Polstrong development reportedly saw a Lidl supermarket, Home Bargains store, gas station, and parking for 160 cars built on the outskirts of town, where a Premier Inn is nearby.
An urban planning application was rejected in August 2019 on the grounds that the commercial park outside the city would have a significant negative impact on the vitality and viability of downtown Camborne.
The Cornwall Council also argued that the applicants had not provided sufficient information to allow a full assessment of the net level of job creation and that the program would overlap with the campaign and have a negative visual impact. Quora then launched an appeal.