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Anger at plans for '200ft tower block' in Newquay

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: December 31, 2013

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Campaigners say a seven-storey 'tower' in Newquay would blight the town's skyline

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CAMPAIGNERS are rallying support to oppose plans for a ‘200ft tower block’ they claim would blight Newquay’s skyline.

They have set up the page ‘No2tower’ on social media website Facebook in protest at proposals for a seven-storey, 36-apartment complex on the site of the derelict Riviera Hotel on Lusty Glaze Road.

A total of seven residents have already lodged objections to developer Acorn Blue’s scheme on Cornwall Council's website, with just one backing it.

Complaints focus on the detrimental impact the building would have on the surrounding area, casting a “shadow” over the protected Barrowfields green space and neighbouring homes.

The Cornish Guardian reported in November that neighbours had been cautiously optimistic at news the “eyesore” hotel, which has been ravaged by two major fires in the last two years, was to be demolished and redeveloped.

However, the height of the proposed building – up to seven storeys at its tallest – is provoking anger.

In her official objection, resident Jenny Adamson said: “It is clear the detrimental influence this proposed development would have to the whole vista of Newquay. The tower is clearly seen well above the height of any other building within the view taken from the Little Fistral headland.”

Kevin Eastham agreed, stating: “I strongly oppose this proposed re-development of the former Hotel Riviera site, due its sheer scale and impact of the structure on the surrounding properties/area and indeed Barrowfields where a pleasant stroll from Newquay to Porth will now have the skyline dominated by an imposing seven-storey structure which will add nothing to the natural beauty of this historic heritage site.”

Phillip Yelling wrote: “The shadows cast by such an over bearing building will have an impact on the area and across the historic Barrowfields forever and is one of the main gateways into Newquay.”

James Poole added: “We are deeply concerned about the impact it will have to our family and our neighbours. The loss of view and sunlight will be devastating at the proposed size and height of the building.”

As of this morning, Stephen Hick is the only supporter of the plan, stating: “The height of the structure will not overly impact on the Newquay skyline which is undulating and hilly, and more permanent residential units will benefit the local economy.”

Key authorities, including Highways and Newquay Town Council, have yet to make any comment, although public body Natural England has stated the plans would be “unlikely to affect any statutorily protected sites or landscapes”.

Indeed, it adds the application may benefit the local community and “provide opportunities to enhance the character and local distinctiveness of the surrounding natural and built environment”.

People have until January 10 to comment on the plans, which can be viewed on Cornwall Council’s website. A decision on the scheme, which also includes nine houses, will be made at a later date.

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  • JimDugan  |  January 09 2014, 1:38PM

    This Development is ridiculous, like many in Newquay. No doubt, this will cause lots of problems for that area - Complete disregard for the neighbours and the community. All this so that some "people in London" can add a few more Mill to their balance! makes me sick. There's obviously money making its way around into certain pockets. I hope they see some sense to reject this monstrosity. If they don't, questions must be raised and perhaps some people need to "resign"

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  • belgian-bill  |  January 03 2014, 8:44PM

    what a strange man, I bucked one but tim_buck..............

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  • Jonny2010  |  January 03 2014, 12:43PM

    Having had some past dealings with "Newquay inhabitants", I think the place can just ROT.

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  • tim_bucktoo  |  January 02 2014, 10:38AM

    And to further labour the point about lack of imagination... It's 10 years this year since the old bus station closed. Grand plans there were in the height of the boom times. What was done... nothing. It lay derelict for years and now just has a tacky mobile kiddie fairground on it! So in reality, don't worry about this seven story 'skyscraper' because this is Cornwall, where nothing gets done!

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  • tim_bucktoo  |  January 01 2014, 5:16PM

    Seeing how this project is likely to get twisted in to an immigration story by the UKIP brigade, this article make interesting reading!! http://tinyurl.com/oo67ruu

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  • rt1379  |  January 01 2014, 11:57AM

    "No ... way too high for that part of Newquay! I understand and agree that the town needs to move on and that the current eyesores around town urgently need re-building, but this is too large in this location. Maybe the residents of our town should have a drive around (or walk) and look at Newquay's other recent developments too .... some of them look like rundown slums after just a few years ! ... one of them is just across the road ! ... It seems to me that anyone can get planning permission for anything ! It would be good if the disgusting blot on the landscape that is overhanging the cliff next to the Great Western could be removed too.... its a disgrace. Build something nice looking for our town ..." Read more: http://tinyurl.com/pozt7mn Follow us: @thisiscornwall on Twitter | thisiscornwall on Facebook

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  • tim_bucktoo  |  January 01 2014, 10:27AM

    My goodness me, people are so dramatic!! Open your eyes, Newquay is an absolute dump, and is getting worse not better!! There is no vision. No plan! Whole scale redevelopment is required of the town centre other wise it will continue to wither and die! People seem to like to compare Newquay as the 'Blackpool of the SW''. Just look at how much money Blackpool Council are spending on their town, then ask how much Cornwall Council is spending in Cornwall!

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  • Cornish321  |  January 01 2014, 12:36AM

    It's too over populated now, when the hell are people going to stop building houses down here, probably when cornwall looks like Tokyo City and not a patch of grass left.

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  • tim_bucktoo  |  December 31 2013, 11:18PM

    7 stories..... Seven stories.... All this angst over Seven stories!!!! Dear Internet... What year is it? Hello user... It is soon to be 2014, although in Cornwall that equates to 1946!

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  • belgian-bill  |  December 31 2013, 9:50PM

    we can't always be nimbys. with the new influx of Romanians and Bulgarians arriving in their thousands over the next weeks we must do our best to house them locally as i'm sure many will be heading to cornwall to fill the many jobs on offer. newquay is crying out for large scale immigration so that business can thrive paying minimum wages and they have got to live somewhere.

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