Fresh plans for a hotel on land near Events Square in Falmouth have been submitted and have already predictably prompted a wave of protest from local residents and hoteliers.

New Cornwall Development’s original proposal for a 74 bedroom Premier Inn on the site of the Discovery Quay car park was refused at appeal in August when the planning inspector claimed it would harm the living conditions of the occupiers of apartments 3, 4 and 5, Campbeltown Way through significant loss of outlook.

The new application lodged last week is for a 68 bedroom hotel and restaurant with seven parking spaces and attempts to address the inspector’s objection.

This has been done by “significantly” reducing the overall height of the eastern wing by staggering each storey to mitigate the impact on the adjoining residential properties along Campbeltown Way.

In the design and access statement accompanying the application, it says: “The design development of this proposal follows extensive and productive consultation not only with the end user, but also with local residents and businesses, the town council and Cornwall Council planning authority and the comments received has led to an extensive redesign of the proposal to reflect the views and advice given.”

The new application is being opposed by the Falmouth and District Hotels’ Association. Its chairman, Shaun Davie, said: “It comes as little surprise to us that revised plans have been submitted by New Cornwall Developments again and that although the size of the building has been addressed, we see the changes indicated are insignificant and little has changed. We do not object to such competition and development for our town should be welcomed. Yet, such an oversized hotel especially so close to sites of historical importance and residential properties does not fit into the centre of our unique town.

“Falmouth residents and our visitors wish it to remain exclusive and such an over bearing, generic building belongs sited in an out of town area as do most budget hotels in this country.”

Around 20 objections to the hotel have been posted on Cornwall Council’s website.

The planning application can be viewed in full by searching for PA13/09610 on