Cornwall Council has approved a planning application that goes against Falmouth's new Neighbourhood Plan.

Despite the fact that the proposal to convert Penwarren Guest House into a residential property goes against the neighbourhood plan, it was supported by Falmouth Town Council last month.

The town council said that it sits outside of an area in which hotels are protected from development, when in fact it does not.

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Cornwall Council approved the application yesterday.

The guest house sits within the boundaries of Falmouth's Prime Seafront Hotel Area in which hotels are protected from development under the Carrick Local Plan implemented in 1998.

Falmouth's neighbourhood plan was drafted after extensive consultations with residents and submitted to Cornwall Council in July.

It was introduced in order to provide a cohesive strategy for development in Falmouth and give residents more of a say in the future of the town.

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Policy BE 5 of Falmouth's Neighbourhood Plan states: "In the Prime Seafront Hotel Area of Falmouth as shown on the Proposals Maps, the conversion of hotels and guesthouses to uses other than holiday accommodation will not be approved where they have an adverse impact on the tourist character of the area."

Applicant Ms Shirley Cormack-Trezona said in her application that the building has not been used as a guest house since 2011 and that if given permission she would live in it with her family renting out a maximum of two bedrooms.