The owners of the Hotel Meudon near Mawnan say they are considering their options after plans to build in its grounds were unanimously refused.

At a meeting of Cornwall Council's West Sub-Area Planning Committee yesterday, committee members voted unanimously to refuse the application from the Kingfisher Group which owns the hotel.

Kingfisher Resorts Ltd had submitted a planning application for the site at Meudon Hotel near Mawnan Smith for ten luxury hotel accommodation individual plots, a 20m infinity pool, a gym and fitness suite, a bar and all-day casual dining venue and a spa open to the public.

But the application attracted vociferous opposition from local residents who formed a loose campaign group to oppose the application. The application also received over 130 comments of objection on the Cornwall Council planning portal.

The campaign group Save Meudon Valley were concerned that the development in an AONB would adversely affect eco-system in the heavily wooded valley leading down to the sea, they even released a drone filmed campaign video outlining their objections.

But the hotel denied the claims saying the video was full of inaccuracies and the development was above the valley on already developed sites.

However yesterday, (November 13), all ten councillors on the planning committee voted to refuse the application.

Commenting on the refusal, Nigel Chapman, chairman of Kingfisher Resorts Group (owners of Hotel Meudon), said the company will now be carefully considering its next steps: “We are naturally disappointed with today’s decision on our proposed planning application to improve the hotel’s offering and facilities and to invest in the deteriorating wooded valley garden.

"We did everything we were asked to amend in our plans from the first refusal and worked closely with officers to revise areas of original concern.

“We are committed to Hotel Meudon for the long term. We will now review our options and carefully consider next steps.”