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Falmouth Councillors Reject Student Accommodation Block

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There was applause in Falmouth council’s chamber earlier this week when residents welcomed the decision to reject plans to build a 128-bed student accommodation block on the site of the Rosslyn Hotel.

Residents had suggested that the development would be totally inappropriate in a quiet residential area and was not in keeping with the low rise homes which would have surrounded it.

There were also concerns that with so few car parking spaces included within the development plans, that students would have been forced to use the nearby Trescobeas Surgery's car park.

Developers argued that despite there only being 17 car parking spaces there was a robust travel plan in place.

In addition to concerns over lack of parking spaces councillors were particularly troubled by the lack of a detailed management plan. In particular, two student prefects were deemed not enough to control any possible antisocial behaviour.

Other reasons for refusal put forward included the close proximity of the hospital, potential highway issues and an overdevelopment of the site.