A plan to demolish three shops in the centre of Perranporth and replace them with new shops and holiday flats have been approved despite concerns about a lack of parking.
The application had been made by the Healey family – best known for Healeys Cyder Farm – who own the current building The Red House in Boscawen Road, Perranporth.
They had applied for permission to demolish the single-storey building and replace it with a new four-story building with three shops on the ground floor and nine holiday apartments on the upper floors.
Joe Healey told Cornwall Council’s central sub-area planning committee that the existing building, which sits between the Co-op and The Deck pub, had reached the end of its life and needed to be replaced.
He explained that originally plans had been drawn up for a larger replacement building but these were scaled down after concerns were raised locally.
He urged the committee to grant approval saying: “It is a long term investment for us as a family.”
The family have owned the building for more than 60 years.
Frances White from Perranzabuloe Parish Council said that the council had objected to the plans as they felt that it was overbearing, caused loss of privacy and overshadowed existing properties.
She said that there was also concern that “nine two-bedroom apartments and three large shops only has five parking spaces in the heart of Perranporth”.
The committee heard that while there were only five parking spaces allocated as part of the development it was considered that there was enough off-site parking provision in Perranporth which could be used.
Committee member Joanna Kenny said: “I love the idea, I think the idea is great but I do have concerns about where people will park. I can’t endorse it as much as I would like to.”
Other committee members raised concerns about the apartments being described as being available for short-term let and suggested that there should be a condition to restrict how many weeks a year they can be used.
However, planning officers said that was not standard policy in Cornwall and had not been done on other similar developments which had been granted approval.
The officers said they were satisfied that by being described as short-term lets and the conditions applied would prevent them being used as permanent residences.
Councillor John Fitter said: “We should have something in place to make it clear what we mean by a short-term let. Whether that should be restricted to six months maximum.”
However that was not supported by other councillors and they voted on approving the plans in line with the recommendation made by planning officers. That was carried with 10 votes in favour, three against and one abstention.