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Apartment scheme is thrown out by council

By Warren Wilkins 22nd August 2018

Apartment scheme is thrown out by council

PLANS to demolish a former prominent hotel in Newquay and construct flats have been refused following concerns the scheme will have a detrimental impact on the surrounding area.

A developer proposed to knock down the Edgcumbe Hotel on Narrowcliff and construct two apartment blocks, one five storeys high and the other four storeys, containing 66 residential apartments and an undercroft car park.

Cornwall Council decided the proposal was not acceptable and could not be supported due to the general proposition, form of the building, organisation and layout of the scheme, detailed appearance and landscape character.

Newquay Town Council objected to the scheme stating the proposed layout and density is out of keeping with the surrounding area.

Residents also opposed the plans due to concerns about the overbearing scale and mass of the proposal and a perceived lack of car parking.

Tricia Varney said: “I pass this site daily either by walking the beach or up on the street level. I fully support development in Newquay and especially that of derelict or empty buildings.

“I do not believe development proposals should be accepted when the impact is to the detriment of the surrounding area. I strongly object to this application due to the overbearing scale and mass of the proposal.

"The height of the Tesco Express block should remain a guide that sets the limit for new buildings and renovations along our coastal fringe and sea front. The parking is inadequate for the size of the build and the location of the site.”

Judith Fowler added: “I would like to register my objection to this application. The site does need to be demolished and redeveloped, but the current proposal would be far too high and overbearing.

"There are other newish buildings in the same road and I consider that their height should set a precedent, creating a more harmonious street scene. Also, I consider the parking provision to be inadequate.”

Mr Fawcett said: “I object to the plans that have been submitted for this site.
“I walk past this area most days. I know that the area and buildings need tidying up but anything newly built has to be in keeping with the area.

“Newquay does not need every new planning application to be bigger and higher or to have a penthouse on top. This area is not an inner city area. It’s a pleasant traditional seaside town.

“It is a shame for Newquay, its local residents and visitors if we are going to be subject to high rise, modern, new builds which, in a few years’ time, look like they need to be knocked down and started again as the sea air affects all these modern builds, making the area look unsightly.

“Why can’t new builds be made of brick and go no higher than the original building they are wanting to replace?

“The lack of parking on this build will have an impact on the surrounding area. The added amount of people set to reside in this new build would be adding traffic to the already busy roads which are getting busier by the month due to more new builds in the area.”

Cornwall Council’s decision notice states: “Following a detailed assessment of the submitted planning application plans and details, including independent assessment through the Cornwall Design Review Panel process, it is evident that the general proposition, form of the building, organisation and layout of the scheme, detailed appearance and landscape character are not acceptable and cannot be supported.”

By Warren Wilkins 22nd August 2018

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