Premier Inn Campbeltown Way
Views of the proposed development from The Falmouth Packet
Application Validated Fri 10 March 2017
Erection of a 70 bed Premier Inn Hotel (Use Class C1) with integral ancillary restaurant / breakfast area

Discovery Quay Car Park Campbeltown Way Port Pendennis Falmouth Cornwall TR11 4AU

Determination Deadline: Fri 09 Jun 2017.

Status: Refused on Tuesday 11th July.

This was considered by the Central Sub-Area Committee on Monday 4th July at 10:00 am
The Council Chamber, Council Offices, 39 Penwinnick Road, St. Austell.
The agenda and notes are available on the council website.

Click here

Members of the council's planning committee voted 10 to five to refuse the application.
The Refusal Notice can be viewed on the Council Website or
Click here

There was a public meeting on Tuesday 4th July, 18:00pm at Falmouth School, Trescobeas Road, Falmouth TR11 4LH.
This is arranged by the council to discuss the proposed development with interested parties. If you wish to speak at the meeting you must register on arrival.

During the meeting members may ask questions but no formal debate will take place.
If you have any queries please contact: Tim Marsh, Prinicpal Development Officer. Tel: 01872 224343. Planning and Sustainable Development Service.

Further documentation has been supplied to the council by local residents to oppose this application:
There is a Presentation Document Click Here
a Solicitor Responses document Click Here

This was considered by Falmouth Town Council Planning Committee on Monday 3rd April at 6.00pm.
Their comments:
Refuse as the proposed development would be detrimental to the setting of both the historic listed Arwenack Manor and Killigrew Monument and the Conservation Area. Previous reservations over the scale and massing of the development had not been fully addressed by the current application, which remained unneighbourly. There would be issues with noise nuisance and the management of deliveries, servicing and parking for the development were considered inadequate.

Further the allocated development of the adjoining car park in the emerging DPD and Neighbourhood Plan would require amendment to the scheme to prevent overlooking etc.

So this is the 4th attempt to construct a Premier Inn on this site. Premier Inn is aiming to open the new hotel by summer 2018.

The site at Campbelton Way on the planning website shows that many proposals have been made for this land. It has attracted much controvesy, just see all the newspaper articles linked below.

Most people will welcome new business to Falmouth to further it's promotion and prosperity, but is this the correction location?
The site is currently a small car park, so spaces will be lost.
The size of site is limited and therefore are the proposals an over developement? 1 or 2 storeys too high and with no parking provision for it's guests?
Here is a link to some research provided behind objections:!Al3gfG6Su1FYs2_deNVBRzHiLT5O
Visit Cornwall have even got concerns and have therefore submitted a letter:

A very comprehensive objection which has been submitted to the case officer from Tamara Bush and some of the other residents of Falmouth, this includes questions to why parking should be a material consideration.
Download Link here


Nov 2011, 74 Bedroom Hotel. 247 objections, and was withdrawn.

May 2012, 74 Bedroom Hotel. 255 objections, Refused with an appeal against the  rejection thrown out by the Planning Inspectorate.

Oct 2013, 68 Bedroon Hotel.  118 objections and refused.
Falmouth Town Council's Comment on the plans: 
RESOLVED that the Council objects to the planning application on the grounds of  over-development as a five storeys were bulky and overbearing in that location, that the development was inappropriate for the location, detrimentally affecting the character and that the traffic assessment was flawed and failed to recognise the coastal nature of the town and therefore its current and future needs in terms of
traffic infrastructure, which the application failed to meet.

July 2015, 99 units of Student Accommodation. 83 objections and withdrawn by the applicant).​​

The Refusal Notice issued on 11th July, 2017
Councillors: ARWENACK WARD
See our website for details

Newspaper coverage, see links below:​

Falmouth Packet - Proposed Premier Inn for Falmouth voted against by Cornwall councillors

West Briton - Premier Inn plans for Falmouth refused by Cornwall Council for third time

West Briton - Plans for Premier Inn at Discovery Quay Falmouth opposed by Falmouth Town Council

West Briton - Premier Inn wants to build a hotel in Falmouth and this is what it would look like

Falmouth Packet - Premier Inn plans are in - have your say


Falmouth Packet - Premier Inn would make a "positive and long-term contribution" to Falmouth.

Falmouth Packet - Premier Inn hope it's fourth time lucky as plans for new hotel in Falmouth are revealed

West Briton - Premier Inn launches third plan for new hotel at Discovery Quay in Falmouth


West Briton - Director of Discovery Quay flat project not concerned about financial issues

West Briton - Size concerns cause Falmouth Council to object to student flat block plans

West Briton - Flats block for students too big, say councillors

Falmouth Packet - Falmouth councillors support principle of accommodation for students but object to height of building

West Briton - Residents fear 'nightmare' situation after student flat plans

Falmouth Packet - First came plans for Premier Inn, now 99 student bedrooms are proposed for Falmouth car park site


Falmouth Packet - Falmouth Premier Inn plan refused again: FULL STORY + REACTION

West Briton - Premier Inn Falmouth refused

Falmouth Packet - Plans for Premier Inn in Falmouth rejected

West Briton - Falmouth's Premier Inn plans recommended for approval by planning officers

Falmouth Packet - Council planning officers say yes to Premier Inn in Falmouth: POLL


West Briton - Falmouth Premier Inn plans opposed by town council

Falmouth Packet - Hotel plans resurfacing is no big surprise

West Briton - Revised Premier Inn hotel plans “ridiculous” say Falmouth residents

Falmouth Packet - New application for controversial hotel at Discovery Quay

West Briton - Controversial Premier Inn plans are set to be resubmitted

West Briton - Falmouth Premier Inn plans dismissed at appeal

Falmouth Packet - Falmouth Premier Inn dead in the water as appeal refused by inspector

Falmouth Packet - Falmouth Premier Inn bid goes to appeal


West Briton - Falmouth Premier Inn plan refused - but appeal to follow

Falmouth Packet - Premier 'binned': Hotel refused, what you said

West Briton - Cornwall Council refuses plans for a Premier Inn in Falmouth

Falmouth Packet - Premier Inn plans turned down by Cornwall Council

West Briton - 'Parking is sufficient for Premier Inn application'

Falmouth Packet - Premier Inn plans decision

West Briton - Falmouth Premier Inn plans recommended for approval

Falmouth Packet - Dismay as Falmouth Premier Inn set to get go-ahead

West Briton - 'Abject misery' of hotel scheme

Falmouth Packet - Plea to turn down Falmouth Premier Inn plans

Falmouth Packet - Public urged to have their say at Premier Inn meeting

West Briton - Premier Inn scheme is up for discussion

Falmouth Packet - Public meeting called for Falmouth Premier Inn hotel bid

West Briton - Public meeting over plan for inn

Falmouth Packet - Premier Inn for Falmouth put on hold

West Briton - Calls to join hotel protest

Falmouth Packet - Falmouth Premier Inn planning site meeting tomorrow

West Briton - MP asked to intervene in hotel battle

Falmouth Packet - Falmouth's Premier Inn row rumbles on

West Briton - FALMOUTH Objectors meet

West Briton - Sit-in planned as part of protest against Falmouth's Premier plan

Falmouth Packet - Stop Falmouth Premier Inn plans 'at all costs'

West Briton - 'Nothing we can do': plans for Premier Inn supported

Falmouth Packet - Bad tempered meeting sees Premier Inn plan given Falmouth council support

Falmouth Packet - Not surprised to see hotel bid resurface

West Briton - Revised hotel plans attract another wave of objections

Falmouth Packet - Competition will be good for consumer choice

Falmouth Packet - Strong reaction to Premier Inn plans in Falmouth

Falmouth Packet - Premier Inn resubmit Falmouth hotel bid

West Briton - Plans for 74-bed hotel withdrawn

Falmouth Packet - Are they Inn or are they out?

Falmouth Packet - Angry backlash at hotel plans


Falmouth Packet - Welcome sign of the times that a new hotel is to open

West Briton - The battle against Premier Inn 'is only just beginning'

Falmouth Packet - ‘Cheap and big’ Premier Inn will degrade town

West Briton - Premier Inn would be 'death knell' of tourism

West Briton - Premier Inn could provide 40 new jobs in Falmouth

Falmouth Packet - Falmouth Premier Inn plan causes 'outrage' amongst hoteliers