I read with interest the article in this weeks Cornishman (5th Sept) regarding the proposed retail development in ‘Hayle’. The first thing that comes to mind is that the development is no more in Hayle than I am, it’s a development alongside the A30, adding to the retail park that is already there.
There has been much written about the impact of the Sainsbury Supermarket being built on the edge of Penzance and the impact this will have on the town centre, I fancy that will be as nothing to the impact this proposed development will have, not only on Penzance but on the whole of the West of Cornwall.
This will be out of town shopping on a scale unknown in this part of the world. A further 11 major retail units adding to the 4 major units already on the site will have a huge impact on the whole area.
However, as the development is nominally in ‘Hayle’ no one in Penzance, St Ives and other towns in the area will be consulted, no mitigation will be forthcoming, and I am sure no consideration will be given to the wider impact of this development.
The developer and Mayor of Hayle both state this development will be good for Hayle, I can't see how, no one is going to travel to this development on the A30 and then say, oh while we're here let’s pop into Hayle, it doesn't happen now and it’s not going to happen in the future.