The Royal Duchy Hotel in Falmouth, Cornwall, resubmits plans for mews houses

A hotel in Falmouth has again submitted plans to replace garages and staff quarters with six houses – but this time they would be for staff and guests rather than for sale.

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However, after the rejection in June, CAD Planning submitted a new pre-application to Cornwall Council asking for the possibility of a staff and hotel scheme instead.

The Planning Officer’s response noted: “Given that the principle of redevelopment of existing garages was supported in the previous application, a change to allow staff or guest accommodation is therefore in my view likely to be supported in principle.”

This led to the new request, rather than an appeal against the previous denial. This is once again the demolition of the garages, storage buildings and former staff quarters to the rear of the hotel on Emslie Road, replacing them with six mews houses.

In the application, the CAD planning consultants write: “The existing buildings are no longer fit for purpose and a small-scale, well-bred residential development suitable for use as staff accommodation or by hotel guests is considered appropriate long-term use for this site. .”

They add: “The proposed accommodation will have two and a half floors. From Emslie Road, the terrace will read like two-storey houses.

“One of the properties has no ground floor accommodation, allowing access under the building to new rear parking for five or six cars and secure storage for bicycles.”

“Mews houses, by their very nature, have no gardens or private amenity spaces in a small courtyard. The properties have a small private terrace or balcony on each level. They will also benefit from the use of the hotel facilities and the large communal outdoor area in front of the hotel overlooking Castle Beach, as well as the beach itself.

“The development includes a minimum of ten dedicated parking spaces in total.”Falmouth Packet: A before and after of the garages as they now are (left) and what the houses in place would look like (right) Photo: CAD Planning/Cornwall CouncilA before and after of the garages as they are now (left) and what the houses in place would look like (right) Image: CAD Planning/Cornwall Council (Image: CAD Planning/Cornwall Council)

The planning consultants go on to conclude: “The hotel is a well-established tourist business in Falmouth, with the building over 130 years old.

“The company (Brend Hotels), which has another business in Cornwall (The Carlyon Bay Hotel and golf course, St Austell), is a key employer in Falmouth employing 70 staff at the site.

“The sustainability of the hotel is due to the significant investment made in the hotel over several years, in a particularly difficult and constantly changing hotel market.

“If the accommodation was offered as holiday accommodation, or for staff, this would alleviate the potential conflict between end users. Any noise and disturbance associated with regular hotel operations would be acceptable for use that complements the hotel.

“In addition, the proposal would expand the hotel’s holiday offering, which is currently a 45-room hotel. The company, like many others in Cornwall currently, is also struggling to recruit seasonal staff due to the lack of available accommodation.

“Furthermore, by changing the proposed use, it would reduce the need for a high level of private amenity area per unit.”

Falmouth Packet: Another before and after of the appearance of new properties in Emslie Road Photo: CAD Planning / Cornwall CouncilAnother before and after of what new properties could look like in Emslie Road Photo: CAD Planning/Cornwall Council (Image: CAD Planning / Cornwall Council)The previous app proved controversial with some neighbors and a residents’ action group was set up against it.

In refusing the application previously, Cornwall Council said: ‘The proposed development, due to its shape, location, location and proximity to the existing hotel, would result in a cramped form of residential accommodation, with minimal amenity space, which does not respond positively to the local character or add to the overall quality of the surrounding conservation area and would result in unacceptable impacts on residential amenities. »

To view the latest proposals and submit comments, search for application number PA22/08872 on Cornwall Council’s planning portal.