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Falmouth Student Housing Rejected

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A block of student accommodation on Fish Strand Hill, Falmouth, has been rejected by city planners after the project received nearly 200 objections.

The scheme is the latest in a series of purpose-built student accommodation projects refused by Cornwall Council.

Plans to build student housing on the former Four Winds pub and Ocean Bowl sites were also both turned down.

These sites, along with Quarry car park, the TA car park and Falmouth Road, were removed by the council from its sites allocation plan and it was said future growth should be focused on a site adjacent to the existing campus at Penryn.

Cornwall Council have previously shown some support for student accommodation, but any scheme must form part of a strategic plan for the growth of Falmouth University and the University of Exeter's shared Cornwall campus.

The latest scheme proposed for Fish Strand Hill consisted of a mix of units, including town houses and a five-storey high block behind Fit Pit and HSBC.

The application came up against stiff opposition after a residents' association was formed to fight the plans, with those concerns raised being backed by Falmouth Town Council.

After an initial consultation, the designs for the scheme were amended to lower the height of the ridge, to ensure the site was more sensitive to adjacent cottages and in-keeping with the street.

However, the plans were refused this week, due to the site not being within the allocations plans. It was therefore seen to contravene the community-led Falmouth neighbourhood plan.