Ocean Bowl Development
LATEST NEWS:
Appeals have been made to the Department for Communities and Local Government (Bristol) for both of the Ocean Bowl planning applications:

DCLG ref: APP/D0840/W/17/3173376
Ocean Bowl. Redevelopment of site to provide purpose-built student accommodation block comprising 249 beds, communal facilities (reception, gym, study rooms, cinema), cafe/restaurant along with ancillary infrastructure and landscaping
​Cornwall Council Ref: PA16/05447

Start Date: 10 Aug 2017
Case Officer: Adam Hill
Interested Party Comments due: 14 Sep 2017
Procedure: Hearing


DCLG ref: APP/D0840/W/17/3182360
Ocean Bowl. Redevelopment of site to provide purpose-built student accommodation block comprising 190 beds, communal facilities (reception, gym, study rooms) along with ancillary infrastructure and landscaping
​Cornwall Council Ref: PA17/04077

Start Date: 10 Aug 2017
Case Officer: Adam Hill
Interested Party Comments due: 22 Sep 2017
Procedure: Hearing

Both applications will be considered on on the same day - Details of Hearing: Wednesday 8th November 2017
10:00am. Falmouth Rugby Club, The Recreation Ground, Dracaena Avenue, Falmouth.


Link to the appeal website
Click Here
Any comments already made following the original application for planning
permission and any subsequent comments (unless they are expressly confidential), will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate and copied to the appellant, and will be taken into account by the Inspector in deciding the appeal.

If you wish to make further comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so online at 
https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk
(You will need to set up a user account and login - our website shows how,
Click here).
Or you can send your comments to: The Planning Inspectorate, Ms Jagoda Bartkowiak, Room 3/04, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.
Template letters of objection are available for you to use and adapt,
Click here.


PA17/04077 Link to the council website

A new planning application has been  Validated on Fri 28 April 2017
PA17/04077
Redevelopment of site to provide purpose-built student accommodation block comprising 190 beds, communal facilities (reception, gym, study rooms) along with ancillary infrastructure and landscaping
Ocean Bowl Pendennis Rise Falmouth Cornwall TR11 4LT


Status: Awaiting decision
Determination Deadline: Fri 28 Jul 2017​

Planning Officer: Mark Ball.  Falmouth Arwenack Ward: Councillor Geoffrey Evans.
Ocean Bowl, Pendennis Rise
It is still imperative that every resident who opposes this application submits an objection to  the planning website.
New Leaflets produced
Click here for to download
This was considered by Falmouth Town Council on Monday 19th June.
They objected and commented on the application. Comment Date: Tue 20 Jun 2017
Refuse as the proposal was an inappropriate land use that would impinge upon the Port Masterplan and adversely affect Dock operations. It was therefore detrimental to the local economy. Additionally it would adversely affect tourism given its proximity to the iconic Falmouth Hotel and with a visual impact from the harbour area and loss of view from the highway. The emerging Falmouth Neighbourhood Plan recognised the need to protect and enhance these views and the site was not included in the Cornwall Site Allocations Development Plan as the Universities growth is catered for on sites elsewhere and this development is therefore neither needed nor supported. The design does not respect the NDP evidence in the Spatial Strategy report as the proposal is overdevelopment and the size and massing is not in keeping with the local area and street scene and the development would be unneighbourly
​​ Please note: The revised SA DPD Document will go out to public consultation on 12th June 2017.  The Ocean Bowl site is not allocated for Student accommodation. Suitable sites have been identified so the recommendation should be for refusal.
The emerging Neighbourhood Plan will also continually gain weight and contains specific policies in relation to Purpose Built Student Accommodation.

We have produced some template letters of refusal, to be given to Falmouth and Cornwall Council.
Link to the template letters

These are the comments from Falmouth Civic Society:
The site has now been removed from the Site Allocations Document and thus an application for student accommodation should be turned down. However, we would like to comment on the design of the proposal, as this is something that would be relevant to any building on that site, whatever its ultimate use. Any design should respect the evidence for that site which supports the neighbourhood plan. This says that:

'Scale and built form will be important in relation to the residential properties that are in close proximity to the site. A strict code is needed to ensure that the mistake of building a block as insensitive and inappropriate to its setting as the Maritime Studios, does not happen on this site. The rising ground behind of Castle Drive needs to be respected, especially the view from the town of the open ground in front of the Ships and Castles, comprising Upton Redout and its line of sight. The design should have a lower height at the SW end of the site, and be lower than the bulk of the Maritime Studios at the other end.' It also recommends that the height of the building should be no more than 4/5 storeys at the easterly end, and 2/3 storeys at the westerly end. The proposed building does not fulfil these criteria, particularly the higher block with gabled elevations, which is too high. The proposal should have presented views back to the site from Falmouth, and certainly from Pike's Hill, and other viewpoints, so that its impact can be properly assessed.


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The original planning application:
We have
 spoken to Cornwall Planning office in reference to an appeal.
 The original application PA16/05447 has been forwarded to The Planning Inspectorate in Bristol.

All who made representations will be notified directly from the Planning Inspectorate in due course with appeal process and will be kept up to date with this application.

 
PA16/05447 Link to council website

Application Validated Thu 23 Jun 2016
PA16/05447
Redevelopment of site to provide purpose-built student accommodation block comprising 249 beds, communal facilities (reception, gym, study rooms, cinema), cafe/restaurant along with ancillary infrastructure and landscaping
Land At Ocean Bowl Pendennis Rise Falmouth Cornwall TR11 4LT

Status: Decided
Decision: Refused

Link to the Decision document

Planning Officer: Mark Ball
Falmouth Arwenack Ward: Councillor Evans.

Falmouth Town Planning Committee Meeting
​Monday 11th July.
Published Decision: refuse due to the unneighbourly bulk and massing of the design, and in regard to noise nuisance. There would be detrimental effect on views from the highway and river and within the Conservation Area, as well as harming the setting of an historic monument. The proposal did not include twenty-four hour on-site management nor a suitable and robust transport plan. Inadequate car parking arrangement, that would exacerbate car parking problems in the locality. The development would also have an adverse impact upon trees. Also the development would stymie future access and expansion plans for Falmouth Docks including future creation of a rail head. There was also the potential for noisy operations from the Docks to affect residents of the proposed development.
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'There was a lot of public support to try and stop this development with many people having their own specific reasons why they did not want this to happen.

The plans themselves were revised due to comments received and consultations started over again and this even resulted in an invitation by the planning committee to attend a meeting at Falmouth School on 5th October.

The final decision was made at the Central Sub-area Planning Committe on 21st November, 2016.

Link to the Commitee Meeting Minutes
Historic photo of the site, investigations underway of bunker
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There was lots of newspaper coverage, see links below:

West Briton - Rengen Development Ltd are back with plans for 190 student bed complex at Ocean Bowl in Falmouth

Falmouth Packet - New student accommodation plans for Ocean Bowl in Falmouth

Falmouth Packet - Plans revealed

West Briton - Plans for 275 student beds

Falmouth Packet - Residents fear impact of Development

Falmouth Packet - underground bunker discovery

Falmouth Packet - bunker derail development plans

West Briton - Could jeopardise future of Falmouth docks

Falmouth Packet - Likened to a Prison Camp

West Briton - site is Russian prison-like "massive over-development"

Falmouth Packet - Councillors urged to back plans

Falmouth Packet - recommended for approval

West Briton - refused by Cornwall Council planners

Many leaflets were produced to raise public awareness
The latest artists impression of the planning proposal when looking from the Docks