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Smaller plans for apartment scheme

By Warren Wilkins 17th May 2017

Smaller plans for apartment scheme
The amended design for the Fistral Bay Hotel site.

A developer proposes to build a smaller apartment block at Newquay’s worst eyesore site after residents complained previous plans would dwarf the surrounding area.

Queensbridge Homes has submitted revised plans to demolish the former Fistral Bay Hotel in Pentire Avenue and construct a five-storey, 74-unit apartment block (right) which includes a penthouse level, under-croft car parking as well as retail and office space.

The company withdrew its initial plans to build an 81-unit, eight-storey block of flats after more than 150 residents, along with Newquay Town Council and Pentire Residents’ Association, had lodged objections.

Queensbridge Homes subsequently submitted plans to build a six-storey, 80-unit apartment block, which attracted more than 60 objections from residents and opposition from the town council. Residents complained the schemes would lead to a loss of privacy and could set a precedent for further buildings the same size, or even higher, being constructed in Pentire.

They also stated the block of flats should be the same height as surrounding properties and set back from the road.

Queensbridge Homes has now gone back to the drawing board for the third time in a bid to win favour with the community and come to a compromise.

Steve Mitchell, from Queensbridge Homes, said: “There are new plans which are going back through the public consultation process.

“We’ve listened to local comment and acted accordingly, which we have done throughout this planning process.

“The height and massing has been reduced, removing a floor from both blocks.

“We’ve left the parking as it is so now have a surplus of parking spaces available for the scheme. We’ve certainly worked hard to make the scheme acceptable whilst having to maintain its viability.”

Pentire Cornwall councillor Joanna Kenny believes Queensbridge Homes is working hard to resolve residents’ concerns.

Cllr Kenny said: “Give Queensbridge Homes credit – they are working to put forward a more acceptable scheme.

“Residents have now got until June 11 to comment on the new plans. Residents need to look at this new proposal very carefully.

“It is quite difficult to compare the schemes like for like but the developer has removed one block and it looks like the penthouse has been extended. The smaller penthouse level in the previous plans would not have been visible coming down Pentire Road.

“Clearly the developer has listened to what residents have said and are working to make the scheme more acceptable. They are trying to resolve local concerns and could have gone to a planning appeal. There is a desperate need for the former Fistral Bay Hotel to come down but we will have to wait and see if they have done enough.”

By Warren Wilkins 17th May 2017

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