Falmouth's Wetherspoons pub has finally achieved its wish of opening a beer garden after three years of attempts.

The chain has been given a certificate of lawfulness by Cornwall Council to turn a car park behind the pub on The Moor into an outdoor drinking area.

It follows an unsuccessful attempt by JD Wetherspoon to create a rooftop beer garden, which was first mooted in 2017 before being refused by Cornwall Council in January 2018 and then by a planning inspector on appeal the following October over noise and conservation issues.

In this latest application, town planners and urban design company Nineteen 47 argued: "The merits of the use of the land in question as a beer garden are irrelevant. Similarly, matters relating to amenity issues are irrelevant."

The certificate of lawfulness, which has less stringent planning regulations, means the pub can now use the area as a beer garden without the need for further planning permission.

Documents from Nineteen47 go on to say: "It is accepted in case law that the creation of a beer garden from an existing outside area such as a car park, bottle storage area or garden area does not require planning permission provided that the land falls within the planning unit occupied by the public house."