Two controversial applications for student accommodation in Falmouth have been refused under delegated powers.

It has been revealed today that the scheme for 117 students beds on the site of the former Rosslyn Hotel in Kimberley Park Road, and the one which would have seen 153 student rooms created on the Four Winds site in Grenville Road, have been rejected by Cornwall Council planning officers.

Both have been refused on the same grounds - that the sites are not allocated for development and the scale of the proposed development is "so substantial, exacerbated by the lack of effective control on adjacent amenity", that it is considered that the granting of permission would prejudice the community-led Neighbourhood Plan process.

The refusal document says for both applications: "In this case, by reason of its location within the town of Falmouth, the proposal would be contrary to the council's strategy for providing a range of sites in and around the existing University campus at Penryn where students can both live and study in and around the same location."