AN application that proposed a new restuarant at the site of the “former gig club” building at the Harbour Head has been withdrawn - although it is expected to be resubmitted. 

In an update posted on its social media page, Porthleven Town Council explained that the application would not be discussed at an upcoming town council meeting, taking place tomorrow. 

In the update, Porthleven Town Council said: "Please note that this application has been withdrawn and will therefore not be discussed at the Town Council meeting tomorrow.

"From our understanding, it is the intention of the applicant to re-submit at a later date."

According to the plans, a 180 square metre restaurant would replace the building to the side of the slipway – referred to locally as ‘Old Man’s Shelter’. 

Computer-generated images - which it is understood will be altered slightly in the resubmitted application - show the building to be part stone and part wood cladding, with a flat roof surrounded by barriers.

Falmouth Packet: A CGI of the proposed restaurant next to the harbour slipwayA CGI of the proposed restaurant next to the harbour slipway (Image: RA Design)

The plans had caused some controversy when they were first submitted and have now amassed 62 public comments on Cornwall Council's planning portal, with 58 of those objecting to the plans and just four in support. 

On the planning application portal, Miss Steph White commented: "There are currently 23 places to eat in the village. Three pubs, seven take aways, four restaurants, two pasty shops, a deli, two coffee shop and four cafes. There is also the old Landed premises which looks like it could be turning into another eatery bringing it up to 24. Meanwhile the Harbour Refuge building is sitting empty.

"The reason people come to Porthleven is because they like the village. If we keep altering it like this it will lose the charm that brings people here in the first place. This is an entirely unnecessary project."


Ms Sally-anne Martyn echoed Miss White's sentiments, adding: "Porthleven has plenty of food establishments and many of them are struggling to continue to trade on the current climate. I can't see there's a need for another restaurant.

"The gig club isn't 'former' it's very much active and involved with the community at all levels. It's a precious asset and not that should be cherished and encouraged. Its current club house is in the perfect location and should remain there.

"The application doesn't appear to address the waste removal. There is no storage space adjunct to the site for bins etc. There also doesn't seem to be mention of how fumes and exhaust waste are to be attracted from a subterranean venue.

"This building has been used for the community for over 50 years and should remain so."

Mrs Sally Nugent commented: "This is part of the Porthleven history and to replace it with yet another restaurant is ridiculous. It should stay as it is for the duration."

It is understood the planning application is to be resubmitted shortly, following clarification to the images.