Firms vie for right to build supermarket in Hayle

  • 20 January 2011
  • From the section Cornwall

Three of the UK's biggest supermarket chains are vying to build a new store in a Cornwall town.

Residents are being asked to weigh up the plans which include offers to build a new rugby club complex in Hayle.

A fourth company, developers ING Red UK, is also in the running to build a superstore.

Councillors said they hoped the bidder, chosen from ING, Asda, Morrisions or Sainsbury's, would help "kick-start" further development in the town.

Rugby club welcome

Developers working for Morrison's want to develop on the site of a former Jewson's outlet.

Mark Thompson for the supermarket said the presence of Co-Op and a Lidl meant any more than three "would be a step too far" for Hayle.

Asda is hoping to develop Hayle Rugby Club's ground, providing them with a new ground and facilities nearby if their bid wins approval.

Club chairman Steve Benney said the deal would include "two new pitches that a floodlit and other training facilities around them".

Sainsbury's want to develop land behind the rugby club near the town's retail park.

Bruno Moore from Sainsbury's, said: "We believe that we've got some good public support."

ING Red UK want to build at Hayle Harbour.

Former councillor Owen Philp said: "That would kick-start the development of the South Quay."

Their option was the only one "that would give the town any gain whatsoever", he added.

The town's residents' association drafted a questionnaire which was completed by more than 750 people.

A decision is expected at a meeting of councillors next month.

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