A second attempt is being made to put flats on the former site of a Falmouth care home.

It follows refusal of the the original planning application in July by Sheldon Falmouth Developments Ltd.

The company has now confirmed that it has submitted new plans for residential apartments on the former Sheldon House Care Home site in Sea View Road, while at the same time pursuing an appeal against the original refusal.

The new proposals are similar in nature to the previous scheme, but have been reduced in height by a storey, which equates to six apartments - cutting the scheme by just under 20 per cent to 28 units. This is down from 42 apartments originally proposed when the first application was lodged in 2018 and 34 in the application that was refused earlier this year.


The developers have said they hope this will address concerns raised about the design and scale of the proposed buildings.

A spokesperson for Sheldon Falmouth Developments said: “We were really disappointed to receive the refusal on the plans in July, and following counsel’s advice have submitted an appeal on the original scheme, which is currently working its way through the Planning Inspectorate.

“That said, we’re still keen to explore the possibility of working collaboratively at a local level to bring forward an appropriate scheme for this site. As such, we have looked really hard at the proposals to see how we can respond to previous feedback and are keen to do what we can to address the concerns raised.

“Therefore, whilst we have to be mindful of the viability of the scheme, we’ve taken the decision to reduce the height of the eastern three blocks by a further storey, which reduces the number of apartments from 34 to 28.

“Unfortunately, given the nature of the site and the fact that it is a ‘brownfield’ land, which requires a certain amount of remediation, reducing the development by any further amount will mean the scheme is not viable.”


The company went on to say that it had noted the comments on design made during the planning committee meeting, but added: "With the approval of Cornwall’s Design Review Panel, we feel that changing this will not improve the scheme in any way.

“It is difficult to get a proper sense of the quality and how it will look in real life from the imagery and the plans, but we are confident it will significantly enhance the local area and be a vast improvement on the existing site and current buildings.

“We’ll be working as closely as possible with the council officers and relevant statutory stakeholders on this point over coming weeks.”

The plans are available to view on Cornwall Council’s website at www.cornwall.gov.uk by searching for PA20/09821 under planning applications.