Falmouth Uni defends expansion plan amid storm of protest

Falmouth Uni defends expansion plan amid storm of protest

Falmouth Uni defends expansion plan amid storm of protest

First published in Falmouth/Penryn

FALMOUTH University has defended its plans to build an extension at its Woodlane campus while residents and a former councillor have condemned Cornwall Council for approving the proposals.

The scheme to build a first floor extension and new foyer to the faculty of graphics was given the go ahead by the council’s central sub-area planning committee last week after case officer, Nigel Brabyn, recommended the plans for approval.

He claimed the scheme would not have a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the conservation area and, subject to conditions, it would not have a detrimental impact on the amenities currently enjoyed by neighbouring properties.

The proposals provoked a storm of protest from people living around the campus when first revealed with many of them lodging their objections with the council.

The decision to approve the scheme was met with dismay last week with several people taking to the Packet website.

One reader calling themselves ucsweb said: “As usual the objectors who have to live with this are ignored. The uni always gets whatever it wants no matter the cost to Falmouth and Penryn.”

Poldark added: “I agree what the university wants, the university gets. The planning officers and inspectors seem to be on a mission to ignore the Falmouth residents concerns.”

Titanium posed the question: “Why not relocate the Art College up to Tremough, and have everything under one roof as it were? The land could then be used for housing.”

Former town councillor Charlie Choak called the decision to overrule the town council and local opposition a disgrace.

“This is one of the reasons I resigned,” he said. “There was massive opposition from people around it and Falmouth town council were unanimous in recommending it was refused, and then what happens, they get permission.

“What is the point in having a town council planning committee if they are just going to keep overruling it.”

It has been claimed the extension will bring benefits “for the university, the local area and for Cornwall.”

A spokesman for the university said: “The extension to our graphic design centre is not about growth, only 25 extra students will be recruited, but is improving existing space to create an International Centre of Excellence for graphic design here in Cornwall.

“We are proud to be a specialist university working in the creative industries, which is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the UK and in the global economy.

We believe Cornwall is fortunate to have the second largest creative industries hub in the UK after London.

“This proposal is designed to capitalise upon this by providing improved infrastructure to retain more of this graduate talent in Cornwall through the provision of better support for careers and graduate start-ups.

“We will work with local residents to minimise any impact on them of building works through the ‘considerate contractors’ scheme.”

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9:41am Mon 28 Jan 13

GrahamHarris says...

I wish somebody could show me a worthwhile project anywhere in the world that has come about through 'graphic design'.

Maybe this would receive some support if we actually understood the use or purpose of it?
I wish somebody could show me a worthwhile project anywhere in the world that has come about through 'graphic design'. Maybe this would receive some support if we actually understood the use or purpose of it? GrahamHarris
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11:53am Mon 28 Jan 13

joshflynn says...

'I wish somebody could show me a worthwhile project anywhere in the world that has come about through 'graphic design''

Pretty much everything you ever look at that isn't a field, graham.
'I wish somebody could show me a worthwhile project anywhere in the world that has come about through 'graphic design'' Pretty much everything you ever look at that isn't a field, graham. joshflynn
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11:56am Mon 28 Jan 13

Mike The Grump says...

If anyone's in any doubt about the terrible effect this "university" has had on our lovely town - its local services and infrastructure - just try parking anywhere these days or, of even greater concern, ask a question or two in any GP surgery. But . . . it's "world-class" and it's it's "good for the economy," so three bloody cheers.
If anyone's in any doubt about the terrible effect this "university" has had on our lovely town - its local services and infrastructure - just try parking anywhere these days or, of even greater concern, ask a question or two in any GP surgery. But . . . it's "world-class" and it's it's "good for the economy," so three bloody cheers. Mike The Grump
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12:29pm Mon 28 Jan 13

titanium says...

As I have already said last week ; why not relocate the art school up to Tremough. Sell the land and put it towards the rebuild.

As the meerkats would say, simple !.
As I have already said last week ; why not relocate the art school up to Tremough. Sell the land and put it towards the rebuild. As the meerkats would say, simple !. titanium
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5:36pm Mon 28 Jan 13

molesworth says...

Goodness me. What a lot of vitriol! The university is only making a building a little bit bigger not pulling the legs off puppies. The proposed extension has already been shrunk quite a lot to keep a couple of the neighbours happy. I get the feeling all this hot air is just another excuse to have another go at blameless students...
Goodness me. What a lot of vitriol! The university is only making a building a little bit bigger not pulling the legs off puppies. The proposed extension has already been shrunk quite a lot to keep a couple of the neighbours happy. I get the feeling all this hot air is just another excuse to have another go at blameless students... molesworth
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