Menehay housing scheme would secure Falmouth Rugby Club’s future

Public consultation has begun on plans to build 230 homes which would secure the future of Falmouth Rugby Club. The club has teamed up with Westcountry Land & Homes for the scheme at Menehay Farm. And it wants to secure the Trengenver field as a second pitch. The land was bought by the club for £210,000, with members money with a plan to relocate its ground there several years ago.

Planning permission was granted, but the move never happened and the club decided it wished to stay where it was. Club vice-chairman James Instance said: “We want to stay in the town, we owe money and need to pay our creditors back, the land needs developing and we cannot afford to and so need to dispose of it.” Developing the land would unlock the funds needed to pay the creditors back and secure the clubs future. Mr Instance said the plan would include a “sparkling new” clubhouse with shower and changing facilities, disabled facilities, conference and classroom space and covered seating.

Negotiations will also take place with Cornwall Council, which owns the land, to secure the clubs long term future either through a longer lease or purchase of the land. And it wants to secure the Trengenver field as a second pitch. “The club is looking tired and we want to create bespoke facilities,” said Mr Instance. “It is potentially an exciting time, a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop facilities and secure its future.”

The hope is other community groups and schools can make use of the facilities as well. A public consultation took place this week about the housing scheme. Westcountry Land & Homes is working with Devon and Cornwall Housing to deliver 35 per cent affordable units within the scheme. A planning application for the housing will be submitted to Cornwall Council in July.

Justin Dodge of Westcountry Land & Homes said: “Not only will this deliver much-needed family and affordable housing in the Falmouth area, but also fantastic new facilities and financial security for Falmouth Rugby Club. “More than 1,000 families are currently on the waiting list for an affordable home in the Falmouth and Budock area and this project will make a significant difference.”

More details can be found at the rugby club website www.falmouthrugbyclub.co.uk and on the Facebook page.