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PHOTOS: New flats on the cards for Carlyon Bay

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:02pm 19th November 2018. (Updated at 9:10am 20th November 2018)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to demolish two houses and replace them with two blocks of apartments along one of the most expensive streets in Cornwall have attracted opposition.

Developer Acorn Blue has applied for planning permission to pull down two houses in Sea Road, Carlyon Bay, near St Austell, and build 23 apartments in their place.

The plans are due to go before Cornwall Council’s central sub-area planning committee later this month and have been recommended for approval.

However the plans have been opposed by Carlyon Parish Council and local residents who say the development would be out of character and there is no need for more apartments.

It is the latest in a number of applications which have come forward in recent years to pull down houses along the private road and replace them with modern blocks of flats and apartments.

The proposed site is next door to the former Cliff Head Hotel which was demolished and replaced with retirement flats.

Opponents to the Acorn Blue scheme say many of those apartments remain unsold along with several in another block of flats farther along the road.

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This is what new proposed flats at Carlyon Bay could look like

A design and access statement submitted with the application states: “Sea Road has a mix of properties ranging from single storey properties through to four storey large apartment buildings and hotel accommodation. Carlyon Bay, and in particular Sea Road, has a history of evolving architectural presence of styles with a strong link to art deco, with a number of 1930s art deco houses including the Grade II listed Gull Rock house.

“Our proposal is to create two art deco influenced buildings, containing a total of 23 apartments within a landscaped designed gardens.”

It adds that the proposal “reflects the surrounding context, scale, rhythm, building line and landscape character. Local residents commented ‘praising the art deco design’.”

Under the plans two blocks of apartments would be built – one would be three storeys and have nine two-bedroom apartments and the other would have four storeys with six two-bed and eight three-bed apartments.

There would also be 32 parking spaces with four extra disabled parking spaces and four cycle spaces. There would be communal refuse and recycling areas.

Carlyon Parish Council has objected saying it is overdevelopment of the site, overbearing, not in keeping with the character of the area and goes against the emerging neighbourhood plan.

The parish council added: “It is noted that whilst Ocean House is a similar apartment block, it replaced a large hotel and the parish council is keen that this kind of development is not allowed to creep into the eastern end of Sea Road.”

A number of objections have been made by members of the public around similar issues to those raised by the parish council.

But one questioned the need stating: “32 apartments are built on the adjoining site of a former hotel and not seeking to replace existing individual houses which sit well into the landscape. Of the apartments offered for sale over the past year, 14 have still not been sold. Further to the west along Sea Road two large blocks of flats have been built each containing eight flats and another building (no.56) has been demolished to make way for a further block of five flats. None of these have been sold although they have been marketed for a number of months. Added together this means that some 35 apartments on this short stretch of road are on the market. Any need has already been catered for without any requirement for 23 more apartments.”

The plans from Acorn Blue come after another plan to demolish a bungalow and replace it with apartments was refused by the planning committee last month.

The central sub-area planning committee will meet on Monday, November 26th, to discuss the plans.

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