Three controversial planning applications, two relating to student accommodation schemes at Ocean Bowl in Falmouth and Packsaddle in Penryn, and the third for 35 homes on Middlepoint at Pendennis, are due to go before Cornwall councillors on Monday.

All three have been recommended for approval by council planning officers despite their being considerable public opposition to them.

Mark Ball, case officer for the Ocean Bowl scheme, which would see 249 student rooms created on the site in Pendennis Rise, says in his report to councillors: "Following significant amendments to the scheme the scale, massing, design and appearance of the development is considered to be appropriate in its context and would provide a well-designed building that would enhance the built environment in this area, in addition to providing enhanced public realm that would improve the character and appearance of Pendennis Rise and this would provide another public benefit."

He is recommending councillors grant delegated authority to the service director – planning and sustainable development to approve the scheme subject to a section 106 agreement.

Mr Ball is making the same recommendation in relation to the proposals for 125 student bed spaces in 20 studios and 16 cluster flats on land at Tremoughdale in Penryn. He says: "The scheme has been designed in order to minimise any impacts upon the amenities of nearby residential occupiers and there would be no material impacts upon residents that would warrant refusal."

The plans to redevelop the land at Middlepoint would provide 35 residential units, a reception building, associated leisure facilities, including a swimming pool and tennis court, storage areas, underground parking and a sea wall.

Again, case officer Peter Bainbridge is recommending approval be delegated subject to a section 106 agreement. He says: "It is considered that, having regard to the very significant benefits identified the substantial harm to the historic assets is more than outweighed by the public benefits of the scheme. Therefore planning permission should be granted."