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News Archive > General > Mixed views on eyesore development

Mixed views on eyesore development

By Warren Wilkins 20th April 2016

Mixed views on eyesore development

RESIDENTS have expressed their delight Newquay’s worst eyesore site could be redeveloped but have raised concerns the proposed apartment block would dominate the skyline.

More than 200 people attended a public consultation where plans were unveiled to build around 80 flats on the site of the former Fistral Bay Hotel, which has been derelict for more than 10 years. Despite the community being desperate to get rid of the dilapidated building, many stated the proposed eight-storey building, which includes two levels of penthouse suites and an additional two levels of underground car parking, would be too tall. Fears were also highlighted that the properties would not have a positive impact on the community as many could be bought as second homes.  

But others stated the apartment block would enhance Pentire and would create a gateway to the area. They also like the idea of public open space being incorporated into the scheme, as well as a convenience store and a cafe.

Developer Queensbridge Homes gave a presentation on their plans at the Pentire Hotel where residents could give their feedback on Tuesday, April 12.

Lesley Seward said: “My concern is the building is so high and will be visible from surrounding headlands. It is outrageous. The development would be 80 apartments that mostly will end up empty for 11 months of the year so the scheme will be adding nothing to our community. This is what has happened with developments on Headland Road.

“These apartments will not be sold to local people. The scheme will be a drain on the community.”

Andrew Pringle added: “It is a great design. Very beautiful, but the concern echoed by everyone is it is too tall. If the developer can come to a compromise on that I think they will get a lot more support from the community.”

Jason Feast said: “The developers said it would fit nicely in Pentire with minimal impact. It would more likely fit nicely in Dubai. It is way too big.”

A number of neighbours have welcomed the scheme but highlighted concerns there will not be enough parking spaces provided. Julie Foster said: “I fully support the scheme as I think it will bring up the appearance of Pentire, but I do have concerns there would be 80 car park spaces for 80 apartments and there will be concerns with on-street parking. There will be no affordable housing for local people.”

Tom Harvey said: “I’m really glad someone is taking the site on to develop. I hope they find the right balance of green space, commercial and residential.”
Brian Payne said: “Newquay is moving forward and a contemporary gate house to Pentire is certainly welcome.”

HLM architects, which has designed the scheme, say the apartments will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroomed, mainly two-bedroomed. Architect Ajay Sharma says the penthouse suites have been designed to be set back from the other apartments to make the scheme less imposing on the surrounding area.

Mr Sharma said: “The reason the development is shaped the way it is, which is the critical part of the scheme, allows it to be pulled away from the pavement edge.

“By doing that it reduces the scale and creates public open space. There is also a retail vision. We’d like to replicate the shop in the development, which would cater as a cafe and newsagent, stocking essentials to serve the local community.

“The parking would be underground on two levels. In terms of materials we will be using robust materials that will not weather or stain in its environment.

“There is a lot of glass in the development to make the building more transparent and less imposing than the previous scheme that has planning permission.”

Queensbridge Homes is due to submit its apartment complex planning application to Cornwall Council planners by the end of May. The company has purchased the site subject to receiving planning permission.

Helmsley Group director Richard Peak, who is looking after the interests of 35 clients who own the property after developer Penpol went into administration, received planning permission in 2012 to knock down the four-storey hotel and construct a six-storey building comprising a 87-room hotel with 49 parking spaces and 17 two-bed apartments with 18 car park spaces.

Queensbridge managing director Simon Angilley said: “It is good to see such a good turnout at the consultation. There appears to be a lot of support for the development. A lot of the questions have been answered very positively with regard to the massing of the building. It has been received well by the planners and we are planning to put the application in by the end of May.”

Pentire Cornwall councillor Joanna Kenny said: “I do not think I have seen a public consultation with so many people. Clearly everyone says the development is too tall. I think the development is very tall and the problem is it will dominate the skyline, but it is actually nicer than the scheme that already has planning permission there. They have worked very hard. I’m pleased the scheme incorporates a corner shop. I’m also pleased they are not using the whole site for the building and there is going to be a green area around it.”

By Warren Wilkins 20th April 2016

Steve Thomas 27th April 2016 12:31
No no no no no .... when is this desecration going to end?
Paul 28th April 2016 20:24
As a resident of pentire, we feel this is far too high, will dominate the skyline, and should be of similar scale to the original footprint,
Just a point about the shop, the exising proprietors have ran that shop and served the community through thick & thin & would hope they had first refusal on the planned new shop if they wish todo so.
Jackie 1st May 2016 23:31
Another issue often overlooked is a lack of expansion to the existing infrastructure of road access, community services, children´s recreational facilities. These are often insufficient to support the increased pressure and knock on problems occur further down the line
Chris 18th May 2016 12:11
The old Fistral Bay Hotel is a complete eyesore and needs to be demolished ASAP. So this is good news although 8 storeys does seem rather excessive. Some compromise is required I think.
Vicky King 8th June 2016 17:50
This dilapidated hotel ruins the whole redevelopment of Newquay.

Take it down asap.
Chris Jones 3rd August 2016 00:45
Those poor people who live nearby in flats and houses, who enjoy sea and golf course views from their bedrooms and balconies, will have cement and glass staring back at them, and a drop in their property value. Still, as long as developers and investors get even richer that´s all that counts. I was about to buy a flat nearby, with views. NOT NOW.
Sharon 29th November 2016 23:12
why knock it down at all.its an old, but interesting looking building, that has stood for generations.surely developers could use the existing building that fits on the corner perfectly well.whether it becomes homes or hotel.the new proposals take the eye away from the bay and will stick out like a sore thumb. I’ve stayed there, just before it closed and no it wasn’t comfortable, it definitely hadn’t been up dated in years, but lets not go mad.if a new build ,it needs to fit in with surrounding buildings and not dominate.
Pete 7th August 2017 17:17
Delighted this scheme has now finally been approved!
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