Differing information left councillors feeling "confused" and unsure of who to believe when debating the future of Porthleven's shipyard development.

As a result, an already well-prolonged decision on Trevor Osborne's vision for an 'innovation building' overlooking Porthleven's harbour has been put back yet again, after the west sub-area planning committee at Cornwall Council agreed on Monday to defer their verdict until after a site visit can take place.

Councillors argued it would give both supporters and objectors the chance to put forward their views in greater detail, while those making the decision can see in person the impact the building would have.

It is after many of the planning committee complained they were being given differing statements over the level of support for the plans, which include studios and units for around 70 people, an internet cafe, bus shelter, public toilets and showers.

In addition to the building itself, a one-way route through the shipyard is being proposed, with an entrance via the existing access point and a new exit onto Methleigh Bottoms.

A particular concern was the position of the Porthleven Fishermen and Boat Owners' Association.

Mr Osborne claimed the association had told him they needed a six-metre width to launch from into the harbour and he had provided eight metres, adding: "They're perfectly satisfied they can launch and recover successfully."

However, Porthleven mayor and councillor Andrew Wallis contradicted this by saying the association "unanimously objected to this application."

This led to vice chairman David Ekinsmyth declaring himself "a bit confused and concerned about the lack of clarity."

John Boyle, who said he spoke on behalf of the boat owners and fishermen association, told the committee: "If you grant permission for this development it will affect all boat owners and the very heart and character of the village."

Mr Osborne said it represented "vital inward investment" though, adding: "It's part of our goal to keep graduates in Cornwall and not see them leave for other counties."

Committee member Graham Coad initially proposed refusal, saying while he "liked" the design and it "could be a boon to Porthleven," there were "clearly unresolved issues," adding: "I believe this could be done in a more sympathetic way. I propose we refuse this but encourage developers to go back and work with the local people, to come back with a better solution."

However, head of planning Mark Broomhead said these were not reasons for refusal but a deferment, which Mr Coad changed his proposal to. This was subsequently agreed with by 12 of the 14 councillors, with the addition of a site visit on a date yet to be decided.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Osborne told the Packet he would "look forward to the site visit," adding: "The councillors on the committee will be better able to judge for themselves what the true position is."

When asked if he was frustrated about the further delay, he described himself as "a patient man" and said: "I just think its better now if we let the council come to a decision. I'm anxious to tidy up the shipyard and see something sensible.

"I'm always happy to listen to local people; what I don't like is negotiation on social media. I'm very sorry to say it brings out the worst in people. If anyone wants to come and see me I will make sure I will available to see them."