Prospects for the Stadium for Cornwall live on after members of Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee today narrowly voted to defer the decision to build a new supermarket on the edge of Truro.
Inox Group has planning permission to build a stadium at Threemilestone, but is reliant on an enabling supermarket scheme to fund it.
A full planning application for this supermarket scheme has yet to be assessed.
The Strategic Planning Committee met today to consider three rival supermarket planning applications and narrowly voted in favour of a motion (11 votes to 10) in favour of deferring a decision so that the fourth application, from Inox, can be heard at the same time.
Retail analysts have concluded that there is capacity for only one more supermarket to be built west of Truro.
Had the Council today given the green light to one of the three rival applications, it could have proved terminal for the Stadium for Cornwall.
Commenting on the decision, Rob Saltmarsh, managing director of Inox Group, said: “We are grateful that after a thorough and high quality debate, members have voted to consider all four applications together so that a full comparative assessment can be made.
“We are committed to working with all to ensure that this can happen as quickly as possible, and we look forward to our proposals being presented to a future committee. Today’s decision keeps alive our aspiration to deliver a Stadium for Cornwall, and the hopes of thousands of people who want to see it become a reality.”