Cornwall’s biggest music festival has submitted plans to remain at its current home for the next five years.

Boardmasters, which takes place in August on a site overlooking Watergate Bay, has submitted a fresh planning application to Cornwall Council.

It has asked for permission for the temporary use of the site at Trebelsue Farm for the five-day festival for the next five years to 2024.

The application comes after the festival’s previous planning permission lapsed.

Last year the festival was forced to cancel the entire event the day before gates opened due to strong winds being forecast.

The application covers the use of the festival arena site as well as campsites for festivalgoers.

In a design and access statement the festival explains that it first started to offer camping in 2010 with a capacity of 4,000 alongside an arena capacity of 15,000.

Since then the event has expanded considerably and last year was set to have a capacity of 53,000 with space for 44,000 campers.

Under the proposals submitted to Cornwall Council there are no plans to increase the capacity of the site – which is set by the festival’s event licence.

In the application the Boardmasters organisers state that a detailed traffic management plan will be provided for the council.

It states that the festival has managed to split arrival and departure times which has helped ease the pressure on local roads.

With campsites open from the Wednesday before the festival and the main entertainment not starting until Friday it staggers when revellers arrive and leave.

The festival expects 55 per cent of its audience to arrive on Wednesday, 35 per cent on Thursday and 10 per cent on Friday. And festival attendees start departing on Sunday night (25%) with the remainder leaving on Monday between 8am and 2pm.

In addition the festival provides a shuttle bus which runs between the festival site and Newquay which stops people from driving on and off the site.

The application explains that the “build time” for the festival is 21 days so work will start from July 15 for this year’s event. Organisers say that this is longer than previous years but say that will help maintain standards and also prevent night time working.

After the festival there will be 11 days to clear the site.

An independent economic survey for the festival carried out in 2017 showed that Boardmasters customers brought £34million into the region through food and drink, accommodation, shopping, entertainment and transport.

The festival also highlights that it spends £1.5m with local suppliers to stage the event.

It has also established the Boardmasters Foundation which, since 2017, has raised £125,000 to more than 50 projects. And, despite the cancellation in 2019, it has donated £15,000 to local schemes.

No date has been set for when the planning application will be decided.

Boardmasters is due to take place between August 5 and August 9.