A popular sea front restaurant in Falmouth has been given the go-ahead to put up a replacement building and new apartment.

It was the second time that Hooked on the Rocks had attempted to put through the rebuild after it was originally refused permission by Cornwall Council back in August last year.

The restaurant has now been given permission to demolish the existing single-storey restaurant and replace it with a two-storey building to include a new restaurant and apartment.

The application had already been recommended for approval by Falmouth Town Council in April on the condition that an alcove was reinstated overlooking the beach.

Mayor Steve Eva said the new design was a vast improvement on the original although Cllr John Spargo said it was "mediocre".

The new building will consist of a restaurant on the lower ground floor and ground floor, along with the kitchen and a terrace for outdoor seating, with toilets, cellar and storage leading from the car park upstairs to the restaurant, and a two-bedroom apartment on the first floor.

The footprint of the new building moves northwards by approximately 2m creating a space wide enough to park a car, for use by either a member of restaurant staff or the occupiers of the residential apartment.

At the northern tip of the site, off-street car parking for approximately two vehicles is achieved with a permeable gravel-surfaced parking area.


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The owners of the existing business said the reason they wanted to start again explain that one of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic has been a reduction in revenue. This has amplified the need to redevelop the site and make the restaurant business fit for the future, combining a more effective use of space within a building with lower operating costs.