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Controversial Truro Waitrose plan clears final hurdle
3:55pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
One of the most controversial development applications of recent years, the Truro Eastern District Scheme, looks like it has cleared its final hurdle.
A judicial review of the decision to grant planning permission for the Waitrose supermarket, recycling centre, large car park, a 'Taste of Cornwall' store and housing is reported to have failed.
This means that work can now start on the development, which has been challenged and fought at every turn, over fears of damage to Truro city centre trade.
Permission was given for a judicial review in the High Court after a judge said the major development contained "arguable flaws".
The controversial £40 million project is a partnership between Cornwall Council, the Duchy of Cornwall, Waitrose and local food producer group The Taste of Cornwall. Backers say the plans will create more than 200 jobs, create housing, a park and ride, an energy centre and recycling facilities.
In May 2012, the Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles decided not to call in Cornwall Council’s decision to approve the Truro Eastern District Centre, despite a plea from the city's MP Sarah Newton.
She had asked for the application to be called in after receiving "hundreds" of letters from constituants. Mrs Newton said she was concerned about the arrangements for joint applicants Waitrose and the Duchy of Cornwall to financially support the Taste of Cornwall's planned Cornish Food Centre.
Truro City Council then launched a Judicial Review of the approval of the scheme.
At the time Maurice Vella from Save Truro, said: "Every member of Truro City Council, every Truro member of Cornwall Council, the Truro Chamber of Commerce, Totally Truro, the market traders, most local residents and shopkeepers were all against this vanity project to build a sporadic isolated development in open countryside beyond the edge of the city, because of the harm it will do to the centre.
"There were far better ways to accommodate a supermarket and houses in the city and Cornwall Council knew that."
Of the new homes, 34 will be classed as affordable.
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