According to A&P Falmouth's managing director, Gerald Pitts, the future prosperity of Falmouth Docks could be put in jeopardy if plans for a 275-bed student accommodation block on the site of the Ocean Bowl are given the go-ahead.
It was also argued that the proposals would negatively impact future growth aspirations as the site lies on the edge of the Port of Falmouth Masterplan, including the railway line which is likely to be used for future freight activity.
Any residential units would likely restrict the ability to use the railway at night, which is seen as essential.
Mr Pitts also said that the development would result in the loss of potentially viable industrial land, which could instead be used for a variety of maritime activities. Many of the objections were based upon the perceived restrictions it would create for businesses in Falmouth Docks.
However along with businesses, residents were also opposed to the plans arguing that overbearing student accommodation will destroy the living conditions of long-standing local residents.
Councillors overwhelmingly supported the calls for the scheme to be rejected in favour of protecting the future growth of the docks.
The town council will recommend Cornwall Council refuse the application due to the aforementioned grounds.