Falmouth Town Council has approved plans to extend a campsite by more than twice its current size.

Andrew Dunstan, owner of Menehay Touring Farm on Bickland Water Road, has submitted an application to increase the number of holiday pitches on his site from 40 to 101.

The plans also include a proposal for a new children's play area as well as a new utility building and the repositioning of the existing office.

Town mayor Steve Eva spoke in support of the application when it was discussed by the council's planning committee on Monday.

He said: "They have had to turn away so much business. When you're turning away business from there you're turning it away from Falmouth.

"I have no problems supporting it. It's not going to have any more impact in that road, not any more than industrial estate and two lots of houses."

Councillor Roger Bonney, however, raised concerns about the possible effect it may have on traffic on Bickland Water Road.

He said: "How much volume are we going to get coming out of there and causing concern for residents? That road is ever so busy."

Councillor John Spargo proposed that the council raise no objection to the plans as long as Cornwall Council's case officer found the site entrance suitable.

This motion was carried and Cornwall Council's planning department will make a decision on the application in due course.

Councillor Alan Jewell declared an interest in the application and left the room before it was discussed.