The team behind the proposed Penvose Student Village development on the outskirts of Penryn has reiterated its claim that the site is the only viable option to growing student numbers in the area.
If approved, Penvose Student Village, which will sit between Treluswell and Treliever roundabouts, could have 2,000 bed spaces.
The statement comes after Cornwall Council’s principal planning officer, Matthew Williams, said at planning inquiry that the proposed Ocean Bowl development would not free up local housing.
Mark Dawes, from CAD Architects, who is working with the development company behind Penvose Student Village, said: “We have a situation now where we have a number of proposed student accommodation going to appeal after being initially rejected.
“When you look at those schemes together then Mr Williams is correct, they will have very little impact on freeing up housing stock for local people.
“However, now the Ocean Bowl site has been approved by the planning inspectorate it certainly increases the chances of the other sites in appeal being approved due to no current alternative provision.
“These sites have created lots of concern amongst the public in Falmouth and Penryn, and being in town the issues that people are already experiencing, such as parking and antisocial behavour, will only continue due to the lack uncertainty.
Dawes who spoke at Cornwall Council’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday, November 15, reiterated his point on Treliever Farm and Equestrian Centre, which Cornwall Council is attempting to buy from the owner, John Tozer.
He said: “Mr Tozer has expressed publicly that the land his family has owned for generations is not for sale under no exception.
“We have spoken with him and the pressure that he is being put under is causing a great deal of stress and anxiety, as well as impacting on his business.
“The fact that Cornwall Council is also going to spend a reported £1 million to secure two neighbouring properties before even being in a position to compulsory purchase MrTozer’s land proves the Council may be relentless in pursing unavailable land.
“When you consider the current budget shortfall and the fact Council need to make savings of £75 million that will result in cuts in important services, then spending £1 million, as well as pursuing a potential lengthy legal battle around Treliever Farm, seems irresponsible.
“This is why we believe Penvose Student Village is the only viable option to support the University’s growth over the next 15 years, protect valuable employment land in Penryn, save a family’s farm and business and reduce housing issues in Falmouth and Penryn for local families.”