226 homes will enable Falmouth Rugby Club to upgrade its facilities

Plans for 226 homes at Menehay Farm, which if approved would enable Falmouth Rugby Club to provide new sporting facilities for the town, have been submitted to Cornwall Council.

The proposed new homes would be spread across three areas of the site off Bickland Water Road. The central area, with its 71 homes, is the subject of a full planning application, while outline consent is being sought for the northern and southern areas, which would provide 82 and 73 new properties respectively.

The homes would be made up of one, two, three and four-bedroom properties with 147 of them to be sold on the open market and the remaining 79 to be classified as affordable. Of these, 70 percent would be for rent and the rest for intermediate sale/shared ownership.

The proposed development would support the provision of new sporting facilities associated with Falmouth Rugby Club. The club had bought the Menehay site for £200,000 with the original intention of relocating there, but opposition to building homes on the Recreation Ground led to that plan being abandoned.

As a result, the club has to sell the site for development so it can reinvest the money in upgrading its facilities at the Recreation Ground and secure an additional pitch at Tregenver to cater for the continued expansion of the club.

The aim is to provide a “state of the art” community sporting facility at the Recreation Ground, which would include a new clubhouse with catering, conference and function room; disabled facilities, RFU approved changing rooms, grandstand seating and floodlighting. These facilities would enable the club to host representative rugby.

The rugby club and Westcountry Land, the applicant, held a public exhibition of the proposals last month when 85 per cent of those who responded supported the scheme.

So far only one person has commented on the scheme on Cornwall Council’s website and that is David Sterratt who is opposing the plans. He said: “As a regular user of Bickland Water Road, I know that it is at breaking point and at certain times of the day is a nightmare to drive. These extra houses will make an existing major problem even worse.”