Traders in Camborne celebrate after a call to overturn a Cornwall Council decision to refuse planning permission for a shopping center outside of town was confirmed.

Business Improvement District (BID) Camborne has been campaigning against Quora’s plans to build retail stores outside of town in the countryside north of Roseworthy Hill known as Polstrong since 2017. Hundreds of locals applauded the final result.

The Cornwall Council had denied planning permission for the development – including Lidl, Home Bargains and a gas station – but Quora appealed the decision to the government planning inspection in Bristol. It has now been decided that the rejection exists.

“This is a true example of human power,” said Sharron Lipsombe-Manley, chairman and deli owner of BID Camborne. “Quora made no effort to get in touch with BID or any of our member companies and, frankly, played poker for a local living.

“Supporting our main street has never been more important, and I am overjoyed that this proposal is now completely dead.

“We would be delighted if any of the companies considering moving to the retail park would like to take over one of Camborne’s vacant locations. Anything that contributes to consumer choice in our city center is always welcomed. “

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Downtown vendors, supported by the BID, have argued that the development would severely affect the main street by distracting business from the city center and causing job losses as a result.

BID directors questioned the credibility of the developers’ claims of creating 160 high-paying jobs when they said the figures reported indicate an average wage per employee of between £ 4 and £ 6 an hour.

In a five-page report to the Planning Inspectorate, they indicated that the parent companies of the proposed residents of the site – the national chains – are not UK tax resident and therefore “do not contribute to economic recovery, resilience or future”. Proofing “.

Given the grave financial consequences of the current pandemic, the BID team also argued that “maintaining a focus on investment in the city center is now even more important to the future social and economic fabric of Camborne and its residents”.

A city council spokesman said the decision to dismiss the appeal against Cornwall Council’s decision to refuse planning permission was good news for Camborne, Cornwall and its main street vendors.

He said: “An appeal against the Cornwall Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for an out-of-town development in Polstrong has been rejected.

“BID Camborne and local stakeholders have been fighting this development since 2017. It’s a day of positive news in Camborne.”

The news comes as Camborne waits to hear from the government about their own plan to revitalize the community through the Town Deal Initiative.

BID Manager for Camborne, Anna Pascoe

“We shortlisted nine projects in our application for £ 25 million government funding,” said Anna Pascoe, manager of BID Camborne and Chair of the Camborne Town Deal. “They have all been carefully reviewed by our board of directors in consultation with the local community and, if agreed, will make a huge difference.

“Polstrong would have torn Camborne’s heart out, and I am so pleased and relieved that Quora’s appeal was rejected.
“This has been an issue for four years and I would like to thank everyone involved, including the former BID managers and directors, for their persistence in rejecting this program.”

Quora’s request for the Cornwall Council to pay the appeal costs was also denied.

A decision on the investment plan for the Camborne Town Deal is expected in May.

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