Your opportunity to find out more and support the planning application
All those interested in the future of the former Pendower Beach House Hotel site have the opportunity to view details of the planning application, leave comments and add their support for the proposals if they wish.
Those wishing to support the scheme can do so by:
Subject: PA20/03842/ SUPPORT
Text: “I support the planning application for the Pendower Beach House Hotel site.”
The proposals, which have been shaped by more than two years of consultation, would bring new life, new visitor facilities and major environmental improvements to the site of the former ‘pink hotel’, at Pendower Beach, on the Roseland Peninsula.
Designed by Penryn-based Koha Architects, the vision is for a sympathetic mixed-use regeneration scheme while retaining the original farmhouse, which is the oldest building on the site, as a centrepiece to the development.
The plans include:
- A 14-bedroom boutique hotel
- New restaurant, which during the day would operate as a café to serve visitors, beach-goers and walkers from the South West Coast Path.
- 25 residential apartments
- Significant landscaping, environmental and public amenity improvements.
A key part of the project would see the stabilisation of the existing Rocky Lane access road to the beach, future-proofing it against coastal erosion.
Gary Wyatt, of Koha Architects, said: “We fully appreciate the special character and nature of the location. We have listened to local opinion and worked hard to bring forward proposals which are appropriate, respectful and provide a significant opportunity to greatly enhance this sadly neglected site, bringing many environmental, ecological, access and other physical improvements which will benefit visitors and the local community.
“We believe the proposals strike the right balance in achieving a scheme which will improve access and facilities at Pendower Beach and support local tourism whilst providing local employment and income generation.
“The consultation process has shown some real enthusiasm for the regeneration. It has also shown that some people support the principle of redevelopment but would prefer this was limited to providing a refurbished hotel only. However, it is the interdependence of the various elements of the scheme which makes possible the delivery of a successful regeneration project, which is why we have submitted a financial viability assessment to Cornwall Council as part of the proposals.
“We are also working with Cornwall Wildlife Trust with the aim of the scheme becoming the first in Cornwall to achieve ‘Building with Nature’ accreditation through the incorporation of wildlife-friendly design and high-quality green infrastructure. This would include new green infrastructure such as green roofs, bat and bird boxes, additional trees planting for biodiversity and the creation of wet woodland ponds.”
The proposals submitted to Cornwall Council include significant changes to the scheme as a result of previous consultation and feedback involving local residents, elected members and representative groups, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the National Trust. This included a public meeting in January 2018 and a public exhibition in July 2019.
- Incorporation of a boutique hotel into the proposals and retention of the original farmhouse as the centrepiece.
- Changes to building design, materials and landscaping in response to feedback.
- Moving some residential units and associated parking from the northern part of the site to the southern end, improving the visual impact in the valley setting
- Retention of all existing wet woodland.
- Addition of new workshop / dedicated bat roost
- New ecological features such as Cornish hedging to increase biodiversity and reduce impact of light and activity from the development on the surrounding setting.
- Planting for biodiversity and the creation of wet woodland areas, nature walks and wildflower meadow areas.”
Other improvements would include removal of existing septic tanks on site and replacement with a high-quality sewage treatment system; proposed ground source heat pump technology to replace existing liquid fuel system and reduce the reliance on fossil fuels for heating / cooling; re-routing of existing overhead power cables underground.