'Jobs boost' from new Cornish superstore plans
9:12am Wednesday 13th July 2011
Long-awaited plans for a new Sainsbury's superstore in Ponsharden, near Falmouth have been submitted to Cornwall Council.
If they get the go-ahead, the company hopes the new store will create 350 new full and part time jobs, alongside the 150 currently employed at the existing store.
The application is for a store and petrol station on the land located off the A39 roundabout adjacent to the existing store, some of which is currently occupied by Vospers garage.
If permission is granted, Vospers garage would relocate to alternative premises, with the current Sainsbury's site believed to be under consideration.
A separate planning application to allow the current store to be used for non-food retail has also been submitted.
Over 450 people visited a public exhibition on the plans in October last year.
Almost 86% of people who gave feedback were in favour of the proposal, with 83% of people stating a larger Sainsbury's would encourage them to shop more often in Falmouth.
Ben Littman, Sainsbury's Regional Development Surveyor, said: “We know from the success of the existing store in Ponsharden, which opened 18 months ago, that there is a desire for a greater range of Sainsbury's products and choice in the area for both local residents and visitors.
“Throughout the consultation, Sainsbury's has been working closely with community representatives and local residents to refine the scheme and we share the desire to regenerate a key gateway site to the town.
“We were really encouraged by the number of people who visited our exhibition and showed an interest in the plans.
“We have taken community feedback into consideration and by changing the design and layout of the proposal we believe represents a great opportunity for significant regeneration in Falmouth.”
Town manager Richard Gates gave a cautious welcome to the plans, but said the interests of town centre retailers had to be taken into account.
He said: “Of course this will create a huge number of jobs, and that is good news, but we need to look at the sustainability of the town centre.
“At present, a large number of people who use Sainsbury's do come into the town centre, but it is important town centre retailers are taken into consideration when these plans are studied.”
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