Plans Outlined for 116-bed Falmouth Scheme

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Plans to build a 116-bed student accommodation scheme in the centre of Falmouth have been deemed as "generally acceptable" by a Cornwall Council planning officer.

The site is currently being used as a car park, which is accessed off Market Street via Fish Strand Hill. ECE Westworks have been appointed to design the purpose-built student accommodation block and are seeking pre-application advice from Cornwall Council.

The development will consist of a mix of room types including self-contained studios as well as cluster rooms in shared flats in three town located to the rear of the site. Planning permission has previously been granted for 20 flats with 20 on-site parking spaces on the same site.

Principal development officer at Cornwall Council, Tim Marsh, referring to this previous planning permission said: "In terms of massing, the proposal is similar to the previously approved scheme. However, there is a significant increase in height facing towards Fish Strand Hill which could have implications for the existing flats and dwellings opposite in terms of visual domination, inter-visibility and being overbearing."

Mr Marsh did note however, that the block fronting Fish Strand Hill is "problematic" due to the proposed use of dark cladding. It was also advised that any planning application is supported by a heritage statement, to include the assessment of the impact of the proposed development on affected Listed Buildings.