Falmouth Accommodation Plans Get a Stony Reception from Residents

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Falmouth held a planning consultation meeting yesterday so that councillors and local residents could discuss a proposed new student development on the city's Ocean Bowl coastal site.

Whilst the developers Laurence Associates may have hoped for a positive outcome to proceedings, Councillor David Saunby said at the meeting "I feel, having been here for a few hours, that 99.9 per cent of those coming here are definitely opposed to the plans."

The meeting at Maritime Studios attracted dozens of residents but most criticised the size and location of the development.

A member of the Save Our Falmouth group Pam Cowen said of the proposal, "We don't understand why they want a huge great student block with all these houses there. It is going to become a student village. We have a real problem in this area and what is going to happen if they build this? If the universities are such a benefit to Cornwall then why is Falmouth taking the load? We can't take anymore and we think we are being railroaded over."

Laurence Associates defended the plans saying "there is a crisis of housing in Falmouth. We are trying to build purpose built blocks of student accommodation to stop the houses of multiple occupancy in the town. We don't feel the need to wait for the university to announce their growth plans because there is an existing need to build these blocks of student accommodation. We believe it will help ease pressure on the local housing stock."

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