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Revised Premier Inn hotel plans “ridiculous” say Falmouth residents

By WBCraig  |  Posted: November 13, 2013

Revised Premier Inn hotel plans “ridiculous” say Falmouth residents

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REVISED plans for a new hotel near Events Square in Falmouth have been met with a barrage of opposition from residents and one hotelier.

Planning permission for a 74-room Premier Inn by New Cornwall Developments were refused in August.

Now the developer has submitted the plans with for a 68-room hotel at Discovery Quay car park, Campbeltown Way, Port Pendennis, with associated restaurant and parking facilities.

Cornwall Council’s planning website has been inundated with almost 50 objections since the application was lodged last month.

Pat Twynham objected to the plans on Tuesday, saying: “Falmouth does not need a hotel in on this site. Surely it would be more suited on the outskirts of town.

“We always have trouble parking in that car park so if you reduce the number of spaces there it will be horrendous trying to park.”

Hilary Bennetts registered her objections on Tuesday, writing: “I cannot believe that this ridiculous application is going through again.

“As far as I can see nothing much has changed.

“This is the wrong building in the wrong place. It will be very detrimental to the occupiers of Fisher Court and other residents of the area.”

Susan Wallis described the application as “stupidly insane,” adding “this makes my blood boil. For goodness sake, look around Falmouth, who can park their car?”

Rosemary Hobbs said the plans have “come back to haunt” the local community.

“The building has been reduced slightly but is still five stories high and the bulk and mass will be over-bearing to Fisher Court,” she said.

Christopher Roberts, the operator of the Falmouth Hotel, said the town’s hotels were not ready for the competition.

“The arrival of a new hotel will have a very serious and detrimental impact on the ability of other hotels to continue to survive through the winter months,” he said.

“What possible reason is there for another hotel to sit with empty rooms during the long winter?”

The developer has also asked to remove an obligation to provide 21 car parking spaces for use by the general public contained within a section 106 agreement.

The planning application reference is PA13/09610.

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  • Sammyley  |  November 15 2013, 1:56PM

    Falmouth has plenty of accommodation already and too few parking places. The area in question is already crowded enough.

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  • Smurf46  |  November 13 2013, 2:30PM

    The people named in this article will ALWAYS refuse planning applications as its what they want not anyone else!! A more economical place to stay will bring competition to the town and will provide a more affordable way for families to visit - I hope this application gets passed!

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  • First Impressions  |  November 13 2013, 10:36AM

    Well said Nick. That seems to typify many 'businesses' who sit on their laurels exploiting people. Competition is DEFINITELY GOOD and should be encouraged. I am all in FAVOUR of this hotel as it will help KICK other hotels into shape. Looking at the hotels on the front near Trago and they could all do with a spruce up. Bring it on I say.

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  • nickthompson  |  November 13 2013, 10:03AM

    "Christopher Roberts, the operator of the Falmouth Hotel, said the town's hotels were not ready for the competition"----------------------- RUBBISH, remember the teachings of the late great Lady Margaret Thatcher, " Competition is good, if you cannot compete then you go to the wall, every man for himself. If Mr Roberts cannot offer the same service, and price as a Premier Inn, then it's GOODBYE Mr Roberts.

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