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Premier Inn proposed for Truro's Old Bakery riverside site

Riverside site of the Old Bakery
Image caption Premier Inn has submitted a pre-application query for a 75 bedroom hotel on the riverside site of the Old Bakery.

A public meeting has been held in Truro to discuss a hotel chain's plans to build on the site of an artists' community.

Premier Inn has submitted a pre-application query for a 75 bedroom hotel on the riverside site of the Old Bakery.

Loic Rich, a Cornwall councillor, said he had already heard from a large number of concerned residents.

Artists in Truro said 40 businesses could be forced out of the city.

'Caused a stir'

Councillor Rich said: "With anything to do with planning there's always a process. From what I can gather they'll be going for a pre-application.

"I think by testing the water they've already caused a stir in Truro."

Jilly Ballantyne, an artist with a studio on the site, said the businesses in the Old Bakery were vital for diversity in the city.

Ms Ballantyne said: "All of these individual people struggle to make a living, but they do make a living.

"They put a lot into the economy and keep it interesting. You can buy different things from jewellers, or artists, or individuals, and not just mass produced going to some big corporate giant."

A spokesman from Premier Inn said: "Truro is a town we would like to invest in.

"Therefore we are exploring a number of potential opportunities to develop a new hotel in the local area."

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