Falmouth seafront apartments plan supported by councillors
8:00am Sunday 9th September 2012 in News
PLANS to build ten apartments on land next door to the Falmouth Hotel have been handed the approval of Falmouth Town Council.
The proposals, which had raised a number of objections from local residents, were discussed at a meeting of the authority’s interim planning committee on Monday evening.
Councillors decided the application had addressed concerns raised by previous plans submitted for the land, and unanimously voted for approval.
The meeting heard from Steven Harradon, who expressed the concerns of local residents over the application.
He told the committee that the last application, submitted in January 2011, had been rejected due to concerns over the docks exclusion zone, overdevelopment of the area and a lack of parking provision.
He said: “Nothing in the new plans has changed to address any of these concerns, so should it not be turned aside on the same basis?” He added: “I do not believe that persistence is a strong enough reason to allow an application to be passed.”
Councillor Diana Merrett, chairman of the committee, told members they could not make a decision on the application based on its impact on neighbouring properties’ view of Falmouth Bay. She said: “In law, nobody has the right to a view”, adding: “We have to make a definitive decision on whether we are going with this plan or not.”
Councillor Shirley Hrydziuszka told the meeting: “I like this, they have done what we have asked, and I think it will be good.”
Councillor Oliver Cramp said: “This site will be developed in the future, and I believe that if we do not give consent to these plans then we will end up with something far worse being built there.”
Councillors voted unanimously to grant permission for the scheme, with a proviso that wooden cladding is not used on the frontage in order to make sure the building fits in with the existing street scene.
A final decision on the plans will now be taken by Cornwall Council .