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131121 | 395 TO RECEIVE A PRESENTATION FROM BILL OAKLEY FROM CRANFORD DEVELOPMENTS AND ASSOCIATED CONSULTANTS R

Via http://www.hayletowncouncil.net/documents/21November2013HTCMinutes.pdf

395    TO RECEIVE A PRESENTATION FROM BILL OAKLEY FROM
       CRANFORD DEVELOPMENTS AND ASSOCIATED CONSULTANTS
       REGARDING THE PROPOSED NEW RETAIL PARK ADJACENT TO THE
       EXISTING WEST CORNWALL SHOPPING PARK

Bill Oakley presented a general overview of the proposed development and introduced his
colleagues: Wyn Evans who would speak on public consultation; Andrew Lane on
architecture and design; Mike Axon on highways issues; and Roger Birtles on planning.

Wyn Evans reported on local consultation and feedback to date. He said that feedback was
still coming in, but that so far 94% of respondents were very supportive. A detailed
document would be issued shortly and a copy sent to the Clerk. He said that the issues most
commented upon were (in order of importance to the public): additional/alternative retailers;
employment opportunities; the need for adequate parking; the impact on the A30; and finally,
impact on local traffic.

Andrew Lane presented boards of the site plan and main perspective. He said that they had
taken on board comments and criticisms from the Cornwall Council design review panel and
now they would be looking to use materials typically used in Cornwall for external finish of
buildings and landscaping; the development would no longer have its back to Hayle; the main
entrance would give priority to pedestrians from the existing retail park; the paving would be
similar to that used on North Quay and there would be small speed bumps throughout;
wildlife and wetland planting would be brought into the development itself and the old
historic railway would be brought back to life; there would be a seating area; and the
architecture of Phase 1, which would be nearer to Angarrack, would be softer with simple
Cornish pitched roofs and using local materials such as slate, timber cladding and coastal
gravelling.

With regard to highways, Mike Axon reported that any improvement to the Carwin
Rise/Loggans Moor junctions would not be just for the development, but would be in
conjunction with Cornwall Council’s improvement measures. The main roundabout (which
Councillors knew as Carwin Rise, but the developers and Cornwall Council called Loggans
Moor) would have more lanes and signalised entry and exit lanes. To make room for the
extra lanes the size and shape of the current roundabout would be reduced to a smaller ‘egg-
shape’. He stated that there would still be queuing at the roundabout, but that the changes
would give a lot more capacity than would be required for this development. Amendments
would also be made to the two mini-roundabouts near Lidl. For pedestrians the current bridge
over the A30 would be kept and the road into the development would be slower and more
pedestrian-friendly. A segregated footpath would link the development to Angarrack, at the
entrance of which would be a gateway feature and a reduction in speed limit to 20mph.
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Roger Birtles reported that they were hoping to submit a full planning application by the end
of the year, accompanied by a full suite of issues, including sequential approach and retail
impact. He believed that this development would help to keep people who currently leave
Hayle for fashion shopping in Hayle and would attract other people to Hayle. He said that at
the public consultation this was a key feature for people. He hoped that the planning
application would be ready to be submitted by the end of this year, go before the Strategic
Committee sometime in May, June or July 2014, and that building would commence in
November or December 2014.

In the question and answer session the following issues arose:

The car park would be gated with a barrier lowered at night to stop anti-social behaviour
there. As parking would be restricted to about 500 spaces, retail staff would be encouraged to
travel by bus and bicycle and not to park on Marsh Lane Industrial Estate. Councillors were
informed that there would be a requirement for a transport plan to be prepared. Councillor
Cocks asked if Hayle Town Council could have a representative on any transport committee
and was told that this would be investigated, as would the idea of providing special employee
bus services, such as that currently operated by Tempest. Another idea mooted was that each
retailer provides a number of designated parking spaces within the curtilage of their premises.

Members were assured that there would be detailed analysis of data relating to retail at the
site and a sequential test would be applicable. Also, the proposed 450 jobs included both
full- and part-time positions, with this figure being broken down in an employment report to
come. Regarding employment opportunities for people living in Hayle, the Council was
reassured that there would be a memorandum of understanding to try to ensure that local
people apply for and, where appropriate, get jobs. A Member’s suggestion that retailers be
encouraged to guarantee an interview for anyone living in the area was also noted.

With regard to tackling congestion on the main A30 roundabout, the Cranford representative
said that the highways department had won pinch point funding to increase lanes to two on
the incoming southbound A30 and that it was hoped that this would fund the scheme.
Councillors doubted that the money available would be sufficient. Answering concerns that
traffic lights would slow down, not speed up traffic, and why there was a need for changes to
the double mini roundabout, Members were assured that nothing would happen unless the
highways department at Cornwall Council was happy.

Finally, it was reported that Debenhams wanted to build one store in West Cornwall and a
large store in Truro. It wanted to come to an established retail park, so West Cornwall
Shopping Park was the ideal venue.

The Deputy Mayor thanked Bill Oakley and his associates for their attendance and
presentation.

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