The man behind the vision to build a hotel on Porthleven's Breageside said such a development would bring "significant public benefit" and improve that side of the harbour.

Trevor Osborne was speaking after early designs for the proposed Arts Hotel on Mount Pleasant Road, taking in the old fish warehouse and lime kiln, were made public on the Cornwall Council website.

 Mr Osborne told the Packet: "The forthcoming proposals will be a positive addition and improvement to this part of the harbour side, bringing significant public benefit as well as an added facility which will benefit both local people and visitors."

He added that the design continued to evolve and he promised to share information with the wider community once the process had reached a more advanced stage.

Mr Osborne said: "It is no secret that we have been looking at the future development of this site and to find a sustainable long term use for the former fish warehouse on Breageside."

In addition to speaking with Cornwall Council, he was also in talks with the author of the Porthleven Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Strategy, to ensure that proposals respected "the heritage of Porthleven given the prominent location of this site."

He believed that discussions should have been kept confidential, explaining: "Not for reasons of subterfuge or secrecy but because, as the design process proceeds, the plans may change significantly from the earliest drafts."

This was already the case with this pre-application, he said. 

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