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Amendments to Penryn Masterplan Could Lead to More Student Housing

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Penryn's planning committee is looking into changes to Cornwall Council's allocations development plan document (DPD), its masterplan for building across the county up to 2030.

The most recent revisions removed part of the Kernick industrial estate from a zone designated for protected employment use. Subsequently the site was earmarked for mixed development use, with the majority of the site already subject to planning permission for student housing.

The amendment also removed a chunk of land next to the A39, which had previously been designated as an "option for future growth for student accommodation".

The Penryn planning meeting also saw land south of Kernick Road being earmarked for mixed use, paving the way for another student accommodation development.

According to committee chairman John Langan, developers are looking to join up three sites north of Kernick, including the brewery, Allen and Head and Granite Planet. Under the proposals all three sites could be turned into student developments.

Those objecting to the volume of student beds being proposed, suggested existing applications would provide plenty of accommodation.

Although Mr Langan agreed development should be controlled, it was argued that if further accommodation wasn't built, students would continue to taking up houses in Falmouth and Penryn.