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Cornwall Council Rejects Falmouth Housing Plans

Revised plans to build a housing estate off Bickland Water Road in Falmouth were rejected by a Cornwall Council planning committee this week by 11 votes to 2 with one abstention.

In a report prepared by Cornwall Council’s planning officer, the new submission, which reduced the number of houses from 153 to 94 and included a landscaped corridor to maintain views of Budock Church in the distance, was recommended for approval.

Councillor Grenville Chappel of Falmouth Town Council spoke to object to the development and recommended the revised plans be refused stating: “Budock Church is a significant heritage asset and the impact of the development will affect the setting and change the character of the land and the current views of this iconic grade two star church will be lost.”

Steve Russell, director of Midas Developments said: “Since our previous scheme was dismissed at appeal, we have reviewed the decision and the commentary of the panel inspector and worked closely in our professional team to fully address the previous reasons for refusal.”

Mr Russell added that the revised proposal had addressed the two main issues of concern: “The planning inspector confirmed that the development did not adversely affect the character and appearance of the area when viewed from Bickland Water Road, nor would any development be visible from Budock Water.”

Revised plans for the Bickland Water Road housing development. Picture source Julia Conway

Revised plans for the Bickland Water Road housing development. Picture source Julia Conway


Councillors raised concerns about the road junction at the proposed site believing it to be on a dangerous bend and that schools in the area were nearly full to capacity. There were also concerns about drainage and flooding with a recent photograph of the site known as Bull Field showing it to be waterlogged after the recent rain. In addition, it was raised that the development would cause the loss of greenfield separation between Falmouth and Budock Water village.

In summing up reasons for refusal, a committee spokesman said: “The proposed development by reason of its location and localising effects would result in a highly adverse impact on the rural setting of Budock Church, a grade two star listed building which relies on the protection of its wider rural setting.”

Youth service secures funding for another year

The town council has agreed to provide funding for Penryn Youth Service to enable them to continue running for another year.

The service, run by the Dracaena Centre, was piloted in Falmouth last year to help improve young people’s lives and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

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At a previous meeting in October 2015, it was decided that £6,750 would be needed to continue the service and a suitable venue was being sought for meetings in Penryn.


The council agreed that the Old Gentlemen’s Shelter on Quay Hill was available and a suitable venue for the Young Women’s Café.

Other services provided by the youth service include drop-in sessions offering advice on housing, relationships and finances.



Falmouth Housing Development Recommended For Approval

A controversial new housing development scheme on the outskirts of Falmouth has been recommended for approval by Cornwall Council planning officers.

Midas Commercial Development Ltd submitted revised plans for the construction of 94 houses off Bickland Water Road on land adjacent to St Budock Church. The plans include the provision of 33 affordable houses.

Although the original proposal for 154 houses was recommended for approval by the planning officer in February 2014, the planning committee objected on the grounds of the harm that the development would cause to the character and appearance of the area and that it would have an adverse impact on the setting of the church.

In December 2014 Midas Commercial Development Ltd appealed against the refusal by Cornwall Council to grant planning permission but the appeal was dismissed. The main issues were the effect of the proposed development on the setting of St Budock Church which is listed grade II* and the effect on the character and appearance of the area.

Since then the building company have scaled down the development and made the most recent application in September 2015 which takes into account the impact of the development on the views of the nearby church.

Midas director Steve Russell said: “We’ve worked hard to take on board the Inspector’s concerns and have come up with a scheme which we hope councillors will feel able to support.

'Bull Field'  the site of the proposed development. Photo source Julia Conway

‘Bull Field’ the site of the proposed development. Photo source Julia Conway

“We have significantly reduced the number and density of homes to create more open space, and are maintaining the historic footpath to the church. Crucially, we are proposing to gift two fields next to the church to the town council which has been identified by them for use as a cemetery. This would be legally binding on us as part of any planning permission and would not only protect the rural setting of the church, but also maintain separation between Falmouth and Budock.

“We believe this scheme would make a valuable contribution to Falmouth’s future housing needs including 35 per cent affordable homes, for which there is acute demand in the area.”

Falmouth resident Steve Tribes said: “I strongly object to these plans. The rural landscape around Falmouth is in danger of being systematically destroyed. Budock Water is in danger of becoming engulfed by the spread of housing estates. If this development goes ahead it will join Falmouth and Budock Water together.

“The proposed site is the buffer between Falmouth and Budock with the ancient little church town, which consists of St Budock Church and former old farm buildings at its heart. If building is allowed on this site it will destroy a quiet, peaceful, rural landscape, with lovely views across the field to the church, forever.

“The increase in traffic along Bickland Water Road would also be a major problem. It’s already a problem, due to the nearby school, industrial units and existing road junction. The building of 96 new houses on the proposed site would make matters much worse.”

Alison Goodman said: “I would really like to show my support for the new housing scheme. I have always rented and if the market stays the way it is, I will do so for the rest of my life. This is really disheartening, so it’s great to hear about affordable housing being proposed locally.”

Girlguiding Profile

Published in TR11 magazine June 2015


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Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. The guiding experience offers girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.

Christine Bunnett, the District Commissioner for the Falmouth area spoke to TR11 magazine: “There are 11 guiding units within Falmouth. We have a varied programme which is all girl led. They decide what they want to do.”

What do girls in guiding do?

Rainbows have fun

Rainbows are girls aged 5 to 7 and follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw, through which they can take part in lots of different activities with girls their own age. Falmouth has two Rainbows units, both meet on Mondays, one from 4-5pm and the other from 6-7pm.

Brownies do cool stuff

Brownies are girls aged 7 to 10 who become a member of a Six and follow a programme called the Brownie Adventure. Brownies opens up a world of exciting challenges and the opportunity to try new things and to make brilliant friends. Falmouth has two Brownie units, two meet on Mondays and two meet on Tuesdays.

Guides make things happen

Guides are girls aged 10 to 14 who are given the chance to explore their individual skills and abilities and try out new challenges as part of a team. Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects. There are currently four Guide units in Falmouth, they also meet on Mondays and Tuesdays. However a new leader is needed for one of the Monday groups from September or the group will have to close.

The Senior Section explore more

The Senior Section offers young women aged 14 to 26 the opportunity to develop their skills and abilities through a flexible and inspiring programme which offers a huge variety of challenges, activities and opportunities for personal development. This group meet fortnightly on a Tuesday.

Why is guiding just for girls?

Our young members have told us that it’s important for them to have their own space where friends can explore the issues they care about and have the confidence to enjoy new experiences and learn vital skills.

Why do you still wear a uniform?

We feel as an organisation that it is important to have a uniform to develop team spirit and a sense of identity. With around half a million members, we have girls from very different social and economic backgrounds – having a standardised range of clothing helps girls relate to one another without embarrassment.

How is Girlguiding funded?

Our volunteers give their time completely freely. We are a charity which is funded through membership subscriptions, and other supporters – for example, generous individuals and legacies from supporters – as well as through gifts from trusts, foundations and partners.

We are always interested in talking to people or organisations who would be interested in supporting our work financially. Please contact the Fundraising and Marketing Team at supporters@girlguiding.org.uk for more information on ways to ensure guiding is the place that girls and young women choose to be for the next 100 years.

What is Girlguiding’s policy on accepting girls with disabilities?

We are an open and inclusive organisation and our programmes are specifically designed to be flexible enough for girls and women of almost any level of ability to participate. Many of our girls with disabilities say that guiding is one of the few places where they are accepted as ‘normal’.

The Falmouth guiding units offer a wide variety of fun, age-appropriate activities. If the weather is fine they might go geocaching or for a nature walk or visit a local park or have a barbeque and play games on the beach. Indoor activities include arts and crafts, cooking, playing games and science experiments.

Guiding units also get the opportunity to go on camps. This may be a weekend away under canvas such as the Condurrow camp near Truro where the girls can try out kayaking. Others are longer; a week away at a PGL camp offers plenty of adventure including biking, orienteering, abseiling, zorbing and zip-wiring. There are also day trips out to local places of interest such as a recent trip to Port Eliot.

Girlguiding in Falmouth is only made possible with the help of voluntary leaders, assistants, administrators and the members themselves. More girls and women are needed to keep these groups active. If guiding sounds like something you would enjoy doing, please get in touch to arrange a free taster session. We would love to hear from you.

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Oyster Festival Success

 By Julia Conway

FINE weather brought crowds into Falmouth for the four-day Oyster Festival this weekend.

The 17th annual festival, which celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, opened on Thursday with a 12 foot Oyster Man leading the parade followed by local school children dancing through the main street.  A new marquee was erected in Events Square with  stalls offering a wide selection of local crafts including jewellery, clothing and refreshments.

Cathy Stead from The Cherry Tree, an award-winning preserves company based in Polperro said it was proving to be a good year for sales. “We’ve been coming for a few years and this is the busiest ever.” She said.

Favourable weather encouraged visitors to the town and attendance figures were estimated to reach 38,000.  Highlights included cookery demonstrations from television celebrities Andy Tyrell from River Cottage and a pasty crimping competition hosted by James Strawbridge.