Helston could be in line for an Aldi supermarket, Range store with garden centre and a McDonald's - with plans also announced for the former Co-op site.

A public consultation has begun today on the proposed development of land at Hospital Cross, as well as the former Co-op and latterly Budgens supermarket in Trengrouse Way.

In a public notice from the Pegasus Group, on behalf of Parsonage Developments, it lists details of the plans for the land at Hospital Cross, owned by the Downsland Trust charity.

The notice reads: "The development comprises Class E (commercial, service and business) retail units in the form of an Aldi foodstore, a Range home and leisure store with associated garden centre and McDonald’s drive thru / to restaurant and takeaway (Class E / Sui Generis).

"Furthermore and directly associated with this development is the reuse of the former Class E Budgens retail store within Helston town centre as a community facility for public use (Use Class F.1 / F.2).

"We are now seeking views from residents and the local community on the draft development proposals before preparing and submitting an application seeking full planning permission for the development."

Falmouth Packet:

The site plan for the proposed development

It says a public consultation period will run from January 4 to 25, 2021 and that comments can be submitted on the indicative development proposals by writing to the Pegasus Group at Land at Hospital Cross Public Consultation, Pegasus Group, 10 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4HH.

A website is also being set up called Land at Hospital Park, via www.landathospitalcross.co.uk, where comments can also be left. This has now gone live. 

Further information about the site, proposals, public consultation, indicative development process and timeline has also been made available on the website.

It states: "The development will also deliver at least 250 jobs, education and skills opportunities to local people, and provide a significant economic boost to the area.

"Pre-application advice was sought from Cornwall Council in September 2020 to help better understand the matters associated with the development as well their potential impacts, particularly with respect to highways and transport and upon Helston Town Centre.

"Discussions have also been held with Helton Town Council regarding the development proposals and use of the former Budgens as well as RNAS Culdrose with respect to the potential impacts upon its land and operations."

The consultation goes on to add that the intention was to change the use of the Co-op/Budgens site to be a community facility, but warned: "The change of use of the former Budgens is dependent upon the delivery of the retail park to ensure loss and gain of comparison and convenience shopping floorspace within Helston." 

Last month the Packet revealed that Helston could be in line for a £1.5 million windfall if a sale of the land went through.

The Packet learned that the Downsland Trust charity had the potential to make £1.5 million from land at Hospital Cross, just off the roundabout at the top of Meneage Road, after a development company showed interest in it.

The land sits between Flambards and Captain’s Lane and currently comes under the control of the Downsland Trust, a charity that owns a number of assets in Helston, pockets of land, and also gives out grants to organisations.


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