Cornwall Council: Matt Annen, a director of the firm is delighted to confirm that he has recently secured planning permission for another Co-Op in Cornwall (This follows his consent in February this year for a conversion scheme to form a Co-Op store in Camelford, see here). This site consisted of an existing garage for car sales and servicing with associated forecourts. The proposal was for a new detached single storey convenience store with a floor area of 355 sqm. The scheme was designed by Jon Hughes Architectural Services and and supported by a comprehensive Transport Assessment prepared by ADL Traffic and Highways Engineering Ltd.

As part of the application, we prepared a comprehensive supporting design, access and planning statement which set out the merits of the proposal in a clear and concise manner, whilst making it clear that the proposals were in accordance with adopted planning policies that maintain the retail hierarchy by supporting centres to provide for the needs of their community. Policy 4 of the Cornwall Local Plan refers to shops, services and community facilities and states that: Community facilities and village shops should wherever possible be retained and new ones supported. The planning officer therefore agreed that the principle of the provision of a small convenience shop on the site should be supported in policy terms.

The convenience store will be occupied by the Co-operative and the new store will have an emphasis on fresh food and it will stock a wide range of fruit and veg, award winning fresh food and British meat and poultry. The development will create 3 full time and 17 part time jobs which will provide a significant boost to the local economy.

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