THIS is the first image showing how a controversial west Cornwall supermarket could look.
Sainsbury’s is set to open a store at Eastern Green, Penzance, after clinching a deal with British International Helicopters.
The aviation company is set to leave the heliport at the end of October and move its operation to Newquay.
While local people have been given an insight into how the venue could look, two local councillors are questioning part of the proposal.
Mario Fonk, the county councillor representing Gulval and Heamoor, said he had issues with plans to put a windsock sculpture on a yet-to-be built new roundabout, designed by those behind the scheme “to celebrate the site’s former use as a heliport”.
“I wanted us to have something there to remind people of an asset that we have, rather than something that might never come back,” he said.
Town councillor John Moreland, a landscape artist of 40 years, said he was concerned about pedestrian access to the store, currently sited alongside the A30 rather than inside the perimeter of the site. He also said there should be more trees in the proposed car park.
Both councillors added that the Sainsbury’s team was listening to feedback.
“I wanted them to start recruiting people from a two-mile radius so those in the local area get the first chance at jobs,” said Mr Fonk. “And they say they will do that. I have found them very responsive and they are trying their best to accommodate everyone.”
Part of the plans shown to residents living near the proposed supermarket include a store café which Mr Moreland said will take advantage of views of St Michael’s Mount, with floor to ceiling windows facing the coast.
As well as the store design, there have been several landscaping changes, including new planting along the border of the store with the A30 and natural stones and pebbles, which designers say will reflect the strong coastal identity of Penzance.
Cornwall Council approved a planning application for the location and access to a Sainsbury’s supermarket last autumn.
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