AN application to create a multi-purpose bike track in woods on school land has been recommended for approval by Falmouth planners

Falmouth School has applied to build a 500m multi-purpose bike track in woods off its playing fields behind the site of the old Budock Hospital in partnership with two community dirt track clubs.

At a meeting of Falmouth Town Council's planning committee last week, town councillors said they could see no reason why the track shouldn't be given the go-ahead.

They heard that tree protection would be required during construction, but in principal it was supported by the case officer. It was outside the area of neighbourhood development plan so it did not apply.

Cllr John Spargo raised concerns about a lighting issue after neighbours concerns following the construction of the multi-sports facility.

Cllr Steve Eva said he could see no problem with building it: "I think if the school want to build a cycle track and it's within their grounds and it is a facility that people can use and it would be helpful for the people who can't use the one down at Trescobeas, I can see no problem with building it, providing there is no issue with the lighting."

The site behind the school is in a designated rural area where recreational uses linked to the school already exist.


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The track will include jumps, table tops, rollers and banked turns, known as berms. It will be built in current unused woodland at the bottom of one of the Falmouth School fields and will feature as an ‘outdoor zone’ where cycling will be the main feature of the area.

The school says the aim of this project is to provide opportunities for the community of Falmouth within cycling that they don’t currently have.

Falmouth Town Council recommended approval of the application condition relating to use, noise and lighting