A PARCEL of land between two popular Falmouth Beaches which was the subject of a controversial planning application has come back on the market for offers exceeding £75,000.

The parcel of land between Gyllingvase Beach and Swanpool Beach which borders the field is popular with visitors and dog walkers alike and was bought at auction from South West Water in 2013 by Tim Smithies. It was previously home to the controversial Lendien Rocks cafe for a short time in that year.

An application to build a grass-roofed bungalow next to the coastal path in 2017 was refused by planners after objectors claimed it would "desecrate" the amenity area and set an undesirable precedent.

The proposal attracted 145 objections from local residents and community groups, including the Falmouth Bay Residents' Association, the Boscawen Fields Action Group, Falmouth Civic Society, the Ramblers Association (Cornwall) and the Falmouth Neighbourhood Plan Stakeholder Group.

Objectors said the proposed development land was an "integral part of the green coastal corridor" and that Boscawen Fields had been gifted to Falmouth Borough Council by the Earl of Kimberley, to be kept as a public amenity space.

The committee voted unanimously to recommend that Cornwall Council refuses the application claiming it is contrary to policies within the emerging Falmouth Neighbourhood Plan; is an iconic and visually prominent site within close proximity of the AONB and if built on would set an undesirable precedent.

It is also said there would be a detrimental impact on the greenspace when viewed from land and offshore and would lead to the loss of an established walkway.

The owners of the site have now decided to sell it after deciding not to appeal against the decision, opening up the possibility that any new owner could apply again.

The land is on the market with Clive Pearce estate agents who say it measures 120 feet by 80 feet, 0.21 acres, with access via a lane from Boscawen Road with a right of access over the path leading to the land. The council shares access on part of the path to access its field.

The land has a shared access off Boscawen Road and is accessed by a small lane which used to provided access for vehicles to the SWW works, which is approximately the width of one vehicle and is lined with vegetation on both sides that is only interrupted by a path that links the fields on either side.

The Clive Pearce website say: "The site is accessed from this lane, which continues down to the coast path, by turning left into to the site. The land was bought at auction by clients from South West Water. Our clients applied for residential planning which was not granted but decided not to go to appeal at the time.

"Ideal location for the beaches but also within a short stroll of all the amenities of the town. Transport links are excellent with the branch line train station connecting to Truro and the mainline service to London and the north. The sailing waters of the Carrick Roads are some of the best in the country."