Trevor Osborne, owner of the Porthleven Harbour & Dock Company, held a public meeting on Thursday to detail his plans for a new major development.

The plans include a new luxury arts hotel that will sit along the harbourside, as well as redevelopments to existing buildings.

Alongside the new developments, Mr Osborne described his plan to hold a contest for local artists, the winners of which would be invited to display their works in the hotel on a commission free basis.

At the talk, Mr Osborne said: "I think it should attract high-spending guests. That's important because I don't want this to be competition for the bed and breakfast businesses, the holiday let businesses, or anything of that sort. This is a different level of accommodation. This is unashamed luxury."

He went on to say: "It's £200 a night plus. And we'll have a restaurant. Another nice restaurant, because we know they work in Porthleven."

Concerns were raised at the meeting about the issue of traffic and parking, which already has a significant impact on the town, but Mr Osborne countered this by saying that the hotel would not offer on-site parking to guests, providing a valet service instead.

When asked how he would respond to those who object to the plans, he said: "The keyboard warriors will be waiting ... there's always someone that wants to object to almost anything in Porthleven.

"Change is not a bad thing, and I think I've proved that over the past 40 years. Consistently, I have had opposition from one person or another to all the things that have been done in Porthleven, but consistently, all of those things have brought benefits to the village, and the very people who objected say 'it's a great place, Porthleven.'"

Architects John Burrell and Stephanie Fischer were keen to talk about how the design of the new hotel would fit the character of the town, as the building will have several sections with different styles, rather than being a large block of identical rooms.

A planning application has not yet been made for the new development as the process is still in its early stages.

Trevor Osborne has owned much of the port for the last 40 years through his Porthleven Harbour & Dock Company, including land that is currently leased to establishments like Rick Stein's and The Ship Inn.

He has previously announced plans for major redevelopments throughout Porthleven including a covered shopping promenade and amphitheatre.