Premier Inn plans decision

So, after months and months of acrimonious debate, it appears the controversial plans for a Premier Inn in Falmouth town centre are set to be given the go-ahead.

A report prepared for Thursday’s strategic planning committee has recommended councillors give the scheme the green light.

It means the committee’s members are effectively forced into a corner - as, if they decide to go against the report and refuse planning permission, they risk paying the costs of an expensive appeal which would see the hotel granted permission anyway.

The news will no doubt come as a bitter blow to opponents of the scheme, who have put together a fact-based and hard-hitting series of objections to the hotel plans.

Their concerns over the effects on parking in the area will no doubt be shared by all of us who have driven in circles around the area in the summer looking for a space in vain.

It is also hard to dismiss the fears raised by residents of the neighbouring flats, who are about to lose the views out of their windows, which will be replaced by a close-up of a hotel wall.

Sadly though, planning laws are weighted seemingly in favour of new businesses rather than any existing ones, and the perceived benefits of a new budget hotel in the town centre outweigh all the concerns expressed.

Knowing that they ran an effective, but eventually unsuccessful campaign will be of little comfort to the hundreds of objectors to the scheme.

Sadly, the support they received from the town’s elected representatives was less than they could have hoped for.

Councillors from all parties, and from both the town council and Cornwall Council, have seemed curiously uninterested in voicing any opposition to the plans.

Those who are on the planning committee are not allowed to speak out before any decision is made, but those not involved have also stayed strangely quiet.

Maybe more time should be spent on issues that actually affect the people of the town they represent rather than on vanity projects no one has asked for.

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8:49pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

"lose the views out of their windows"

I was under the impression that one was not entitled to a view. So why then may I ask are some private dwellings given planning permission to be built directly in front of existing properties and block their views, partially or completely, especially when a sea view is involved that could devalue the original properties.
"lose the views out of their windows" I was under the impression that one was not entitled to a view. So why then may I ask are some private dwellings given planning permission to be built directly in front of existing properties and block their views, partially or completely, especially when a sea view is involved that could devalue the original properties. Gill Zella Martin 09

10:02am Fri 14 Dec 12

cornishblonde says...

Hi Skipper, thanks for your support in the Packet this week. As it happens we won yesterday as you now know. However, the biggest stumbling block to the Councillors on the Strategic Planning Committee, who do not live in Falmouth and thus do not appreciate quite so obviously the parking and traffic problems that would have be caused, was the fact that this awful development, for so many reasons, was passed by the Planning Committee of Falmouth Town Council. These people, who profess to have the good of Falmouth at heart, turned it down the first time, last November. This time they took a brief look at the plans, considered the roof levels had been reduced a bit and said the developer had addressed the issues and it should go ahead. They did not listen to one word spoken at the meeting by the objectors. We specifically said that we were NOT objecting on grounds of competition, as we were well aware that this was not a material consideration in planning law. Despite this, one of the Councillors, who's identity should be apparent, said that he ran a pasty shop, and if another pasty shop opened up near him, he could do nothing about it. So what? What about the traffic, the parking, the over-development, the un-neighbourliness, the dangerous delivery lorry plan, the change in culture and atmosphere to that end of town, and the blot on the landscape that the ugly building would have been, wherever it was built? Not one word! What Falmouth needs is not a new budget hotel, its some new Councillors on the Town Council.
Hi Skipper, thanks for your support in the Packet this week. As it happens we won yesterday as you now know. However, the biggest stumbling block to the Councillors on the Strategic Planning Committee, who do not live in Falmouth and thus do not appreciate quite so obviously the parking and traffic problems that would have be caused, was the fact that this awful development, for so many reasons, was passed by the Planning Committee of Falmouth Town Council. These people, who profess to have the good of Falmouth at heart, turned it down the first time, last November. This time they took a brief look at the plans, considered the roof levels had been reduced a bit and said the developer had addressed the issues and it should go ahead. They did not listen to one word spoken at the meeting by the objectors. We specifically said that we were NOT objecting on grounds of competition, as we were well aware that this was not a material consideration in planning law. Despite this, one of the Councillors, who's identity should be apparent, said that he ran a pasty shop, and if another pasty shop opened up near him, he could do nothing about it. So what? What about the traffic, the parking, the over-development, the un-neighbourliness, the dangerous delivery lorry plan, the change in culture and atmosphere to that end of town, and the blot on the landscape that the ugly building would have been, wherever it was built? Not one word! What Falmouth needs is not a new budget hotel, its some new Councillors on the Town Council. cornishblonde

2:07pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Jago42 says...

Some people who make pasties have earnt a lot of money this year.
Some people who make pasties have earnt a lot of money this year. Jago42

6:25pm Mon 17 Dec 12

whatstheanswer says...

PANTS
PANTS whatstheanswer

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