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Falmouth Council Appose Student Housing Earmarked for the Ocean Bowl

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Plans to develop purpose-built student accommodation on the Ocean Bowl site in Falmouth have been described as inappropriate, due to their negative impact on the docks and tourism.

Falmouth Town Council have opposed the proposals put forward from Rengen, marking the second application submitted to develop the site that's come under fire. The latest application calls for the construction of 190 student beds, a substantial reduction on the 249 proposed the first time around.

Site is currently owned by Pendennis Shipyard and plans to sell the grounds to developers Rengen, who had wanted to build two blocks of student accommodation up to six storeys tall, along with facilities such as a gym, cinema and restaurant.

Despite the most recent application representing a reduction on the initially proposed scheme, the designs still received a significant number of objections. Those opposed to the scheme included Falmouth Town Council and Falmouth Docks, which suggested the development could jeopardise the site's future.

Falmouth Town Council's planning committee have recommended the latest application is also refused.

They added it would go against the Port Masterplan, while adversely affect dock operations. They also argued it would have a negative impact on tourism given its proximity to the iconic Falmouth Hotel.

Documents submitted as part of the latest application said: "This entirely new proposal addresses many concerns raised in response to a previous application on this site, which is now the subject of an appeal.

"This new proposal is designed with a greater sensitivity to the historic fabric of Falmouth."

A final decision is expected on the plans by the end of July.