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Falmouth Student Development Faces Increasing Opposition

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Residents looking to block plans to build student housing on the former Coachworks site off Penwerris Lane in Falmouth have won the support of the town council.

Plans were put forward by AGR Living to build a 135-bed student accommodation scheme, but quickly faced tough opposition. In total 136 objections were lodged with Cornwall Council and Falmouth Town Council's planning committee has now also backed residents' opposition to the plans.

Local residents argued the student housing scheme was totalling out of keeping with the local area, would place a strain on local infrastructure and would lead to problems with highways and parking.

The objections were supported by councillors who unanimously recommended Cornwall Council refused the application.

According to councillors the massing of the development would significantly change the street scene, parking in the area would be exacerbated and the transport plan submitted as part of the application was inadequate.

Commenting on the proposals, councillor Alan Jewell said: "Something will go there, now is our chance to push for something for local people to go there. I think people who live there would be more supportive of that. I cannot support this."