PLANS to build luxury flats on one of the last deep-water wharves in Cornwall have been turned down at appeal - for the second time.
Proposals by landlord Fairhaven Shipping Ltd to replace workshop buildings and marine industrial premises on Falmouth Wharves with luxury flats have twice been refused by Cornwall Council.
Today the planning inspectorate upheld the council’s decision to refuse planning permission to demolish buildings at the wharves, off North Parade, and build 44 flats, a 14-bedroom hotel and 20 light industrial workshop units.
Falmouth Wharves are home to heavy marine contractor Keynvor Morlift Ltd and salvage company Seawide Services, which employ more than 100 people alone, as well as a number of artisan businesses.
Dismissing the appeal, the planning inspectorate said: “The main issue is the effect of the proposed development upon the availability and adequacy of space to serve marine-related industries, in the context of prevailing planning policies for sustainable development and local economies.”
Campaigners have been fighting against the plans for more than two years.
In April, marine business-owners launched a last-ditch attempt to save more than 100 jobs and Cornwall’s only deep-water jetty of its kind at Falmouth.
Welcming the decision, Falmouth and Truro MP Sarah Newton Sarah Newton, who has supported the campaigners, said: ‘‘I am pleased that the Planning Inspectorate have upheld Cornwall Council’s decision to preserve the Wharves’ important role within Falmouth’s marine economy.
“The Wharves form one of the last deep water berths available in the mouth of the Fal, and are home to a range of marine businesses that deliver essential services to ships accessing the Port of Falmouth.
“It is essential for the future of the Port that these businesses remain, and that there continues to be direct access to the waters of Fal from this part of the town.
‘This is also welcome news for the vibrant creative businesses also based at the Wharves, who have worked so hard to protect this integral part of Falmouth’s economic and social fabric.
“I pay tribute to all the campaigners who have helped secure this week’s welcome decision and will continue to work towards a long term future at the site for the marine and creative businesses.’’