Alternative proposals for a Stadium for Cornwall are set to be put forward – for Indian Queens.
While plans to build a stadium on the outskirts of Truro hinge upon planning permission being granted for a supermarket to be built on the site to finance the scheme, Greenside Real Estate Solutions is proposing a new mixed use development on a 60-acre site at Indian Queens, including a multi-use stadium.
The retail development will also comprise a 40,000 sq ft supermarket and approximately 150,000 sq ft of non-food retailers. Greenside says a supermarket operator has indicated its support for the development and “will soon be signed up”.
Malcolm Lea, partner of Greenside RES LLP, said: “We are well aware of the need of a stadium for Cornwall and that previous proposals have not progressed.
“We believe that the Indian Queens site is the ideal location for the stadium, being easily accessible to a large part of the county by both road and rail. The site is also close to Newquay airport which opens up additional possibilities of a wide range of uses for the stadium including festivals and conferences as well as national sports.”
Greenside says it has secured backing from a “major property company” to take the proposals forward and submit a planning application.
Similar to the existing proposals at Langarth, a stadium at Indian Queens would be financed by the retail development.
Lea added: “This development together with the stadium can be delivered in quick time. Our proposed partner has an outstanding track record in delivering projects such as this. We are looking forward to working with Cornwall Council to provide an outstanding stadium together with first class leisure attractions and a wide range of shopping for the whole county as well as tourists.”
Plans for a Stadium for Cornwall have been in the pipeline for many years. The developer Inox has planning permission on the outskirts of Truro, but it is dependent on the building on the site of a supermarket to finance the scheme, plans for which are due to be submitted next month.
Meanwhile, the Cornish Pirates, who would be the main tenants of the stadium, told Business Cornwall they remain committed to the Inox development in Truro, and understand the “project is alive and progressing towards a positive conclusion”.
“Until we know the outcome of the Truro development,” said the spokesman, “we are unable to commit to another development.”