Approved plans to create a student village on the outskirts of Penryn will go back before councillors on Monday for them to look at the appearance and design.

The Penvose Zero Carbon Student Village, which will sit between Treluswell and Treliever roundabouts, was approved by Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee back in September 2018.

A reserved matters application for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale will be discussed by Falmouth Town Council's planning committee on Monday.

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Layout of the site. Image Grainge Architects

While the proposals were opposed by St Gluvias, Mabe and Budock Parish Councils and Penryn Town Council at the time, they were supported by Falmouth Town Council.

The huge project is designed to take students out of Falmouth as numbers grow to prevent speculative student developments in Falmouth and Penryn.

It follows the outline approval granted on September 26, 2018 for a student village, new highway access, landscaping and associated infrastructure on land at Penvose Farm Roskrow Penryn Cornwall


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The proposal is for 1,858 student bedspaces in a village complex arrangement, comprising of a series of ‘cluster flat’ blocks and townhouses, including 97 wheelchair accessible units.

A ‘commercial area’ including a student hub (comprising social hub, study hub, student services and reception centre).

Innovation / business start-up units (including additional office space for the university - coffee shop, restaurant, takeaway and convenience shops. A GP surgery, day nursery and gym/yoga studios.

It will also include a budget hotel, a family pub/restaurant, sports and leisure facilities, including changing facilities, squash courts, tennis courts and a full-size multi-purpose all weather pitch of zero carbon construction.

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Aerial view. Image Grainge Architects

Student parking for up to 341 cars (including 45 disabled spaces) with a further 14 visitor spaces. A 180 space park and change facility - further parking associated with the commercial area and a dedicated access and exit from the A39, comprising a new roundabout, new and improved pedestrian/cycle links to the nearby university campus in Penryn, comprising the construction of a safe pedestrian/cycle link alongside the A39 and an extensive on-site hard and soft landscape scheme.

The development is being supported by the Smithick Ward Residents Association in Falmouth who said at the time it was an application: "We believe that Penvose Student Village will provide a long term solution for both students and local residents alike. Penvose, which is situated close to the university will offer rents significantly cheaper than current purpose built student accommodation in Falmouth."