AN ‘industrial’ size extractor fan built at the rear of a village waterfront pub has been condemned as being overbearing and unneighbourly at a planning meeting.

At a meeting of Mylor and Flushing Parish Council’s planning committee last week, members of the parish council objected to a retrospective planning application for the fan and CCTV from the Harbour House in Flushing.

The committee also decried the proliferation of the number of retrospective planning applications it had been receiving recently.

In a written objection to the application, which also includes the installation of a CCTV camera on front of the pub in Trefusis Road, the committee said the extractor unit fitted was of an industrial size, overbearing and unneighbourly.

“It is out of keeping in a Conservation Area and AONB,” it said. “It is evident from the comments submitted that the noise and smell from the extractor are perceived as a nuisance to nearby properties.

Falmouth Packet: The extractor fan attached to the rear of the pubThe extractor fan attached to the rear of the pub (Image: Cornwall Council Planning)

“This has also been experienced by members of the Parish Council while walking through Flushing. Whilst the Parish Council is not in a position to say what is and what is not acceptable as a cooking method, it recognizes that people have concerns about the use of burning charcoal inside a building and the resulting need for such a large extractor unit.”

It said the application also went against the Mylor Neighbourhood Development Plan and the Cornwall Local Plan.

While the committee said it had no objection "per-se" to the installation of CCTV, there had been no consultation about the cameras being used and objected to it.

The committee also made its feelings clear about retrospective planning applications.

“While fully acknowledging that it is lawful, and not a material planning consideration, the Parish Council would like to express its dismay at yet another retrospective planning application,” it said. “This is not unique to this application, there have been several submitted recently for the Mylor Parish.

“The parish council is increasingly being asked by parishioners why they need to put in for planning permission, with the cost and time involved, when others are building first and asking for permission afterwards. It does not set a good example and erodes confidence in the planning system.”

William Speed who co-owns the Harbour House, formerly The Seven Stars, with Tamara Costan told the Packet in a statement issued this month that they didn’t think they would need planning permission to upgrade the extraction as they were simply conforming to industry requirements for general operation and health and safety and said that the new system was practically silent.

A final decision will be made by Cornwall Council.