Truro Waitrose approved by Cornwall Council

Demonstrators by the proposed site
Image caption Opponents are concerned about the impact on the landscape and traffic

Plans to build a Waitrose supermarket, a food hall and housing on farmland near Truro have been approved by councillors.

The development, on Tregolls Road on the eastern edge of the city, has been approved by Cornwall Council's Strategic Planning Committee.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has to give it final approval.

Opponents said the scheme would affect the landscape, cause traffic problems and take money from the city centre.

The plans for the Truro Eastern District Centre, on Duchy of Cornwall land near the city's cattle market, were put forward by Cornwall Council, the Duchy of Cornwall, Waitrose and community organisation Taste of Cornwall.

The scheme - which include 97 homes, a 1,350-space park-and ride facility, and a new household waste recycling centre - was approved by 11 votes to eight.

'Poor decision'

The portfolio holder for transportation and highways on the Conservative-Independent run authority, Graeme Hicks, said the project would create hundreds of jobs and reduce rush hour journey times.

He said: "This approval is the trigger for £40m investment in a recession.

"With the creation of over 200 new jobs, this is a fantastic result for Truro and for Cornwall."

Truro East's independent councillor, Bert Biscoe, said he was "disappointed" at the decision.

He said: "If you've got a supermarket out of town, then it's competing against the town.

"It will draw people and money out of the town; so I think, on the whole, a poor decision's been made."

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