Castle Drive flats plan sparks angry response
12:00pm Tuesday 28th August 2012 in News
PLANS to build ten new apartments on Castle Drive have provoked an angry response from local residents.
The proposals would see five two bedroom and five three bedroom maisonettes built on land next door to the Falmouth Hotel.
The two-and-a-half storey buildings would be provided with ten parking spaces, plus one disabled space.
The plans have only recently appeared on Cornwall Council 's website, and have already seen objections lodged by people living nearby.
Local resident Alex Smart said: “From the houses in Castle Drive that would overlook the development there is mention in the Statement of Design & Access of an 'improved view'? “This just is not the case. At present we have a beautiful panorama all across the whole of Falmouth Bay and sea front. “This will be lost forever and we will only have a narrow outlook between the eaves of several roofs to see anything of the Falmouth Bay or sea front at all. “The views from the ground floor of the houses behind will be completely lost.”
He added: “We expect that noise levels in the area will increase as the proposed apartment residents will obviously, just by living there create more noise - car motors, car doors ,voices and general increase in daily living noise 24 hours a day that is not evident now. All of which is bound to affect our lives.”
Deborah Rogers is in the process of buying a house that backs onto the proposed development.
She said: “The erection of 10 apartments directly in front of our pending new home and the neighbouring houses is an immense disappointment as we are paying a premium to be located in a position with a sea view. “The views from the ground floor would be completely lost and depending on the height of the proposed erection, then the beautiful panorama across the whole of Falmouth Bay and the sea front could also be lost. “Subsequently, the build would substantially decrease the value of the house. “It will also mean a reduction in natural light to the properties positioned behind the 10 apartments and an increase in traffic and noise. We also understand that it is a conservation area and we seriously object to the potential over development of this beautiful part of Falmouth.” The plans will be discussed by Falmouth Town Council's planning committee on Monday evening.
They can be viewed at www.cornwall.gov.uk using reference PA11/10012.