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Newquay developer hits back at 'misleading' campaign against Riviera Hotel plans

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

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A NEWQUAY developer has hit back at a campaign against plans for an apartment complex in Newquay, claiming it is misleading and inaccurate.

David Stein, operations director at Acorn Blue, which is behind the application for a 36-apartment complex on the site of the derelict Riviera Hotel on Lusty Glaze Road, said the campaign is "wrong on a number of issues".

The protest page, no2tower, has been set up on social networking website Facebook and claims the new building would reach 200ft tall.

However, Mr Stein said the new building would actually be 67ft tall and that the site already has full planning permission for a "significantly larger" building.

He said: "While recognising any new planning application can raise emotions, it is nonetheless important that people are not misled. Perhaps as importantly, it needs to be recognised that there is an existing approved planning consent. This consented scheme is not only for a significantly larger building, but has a tower some 10ft taller than that now proposed.

"The new application both shrinks the overall mass of the building and moves the building further from the adjacent X-Capes development. Furthermore, it moves the new (smaller) tower more centrally to the building, thereby significantly reducing its impact.

"The first image posted on the objectors' Facebook page quite clearly had another storey added that simply does not exist."

Mr Stein said Acorn had been embedded in Cornwall for some seven years with a Newquay team comprising 15 people and that the company had invested more than £70 million in the local economy.

The Cornish Guardian reported in November that neighbours had been cautiously optimistic at news the "eyesore" hotel, which has been ravaged by two major fires in the past two years, was to be demolished and redeveloped.

A total of 28 objections against the fresh plans have been lodged on Cornwall Council's website, with just one supporting it.

Complaints focus on the detrimental impact the proposed building, up to seven storeys at its tallest, would have on the surrounding area, casting a "shadow" over the protected Barrowfields green space and neighbouring homes.

In his official objection, Phillip Yelling wrote: "The shadows cast by such an overbearing building will have an impact on the area and across the historic Barrowfields forever and is one of the main gateways into Newquay."

While Stephen Hick said in support: "The height of the structure will not overly impact on the Newquay skyline which is undulating and hilly, and more permanent residential units will benefit the local economy."

Key authorities, including the council's highways department and Newquay Town Council have yet to make any comment, although public body Natural England has stated the plans would be "unlikely to affect any statutorily protected sites or landscapes".

A public consultation into the plans is being held on January 13, at Sandy Lodge Hotel, between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. People have until January 10 to comment on the plans, which can be viewed on the council's website.

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  • Big_Ger  |  January 10 2014, 8:07PM

    "Tell me what in the above paragraph is wrong?" Asks Bob_Toronto. That's easy Bob, you're expecting the complainers to actually do something...

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  • mickcrowther  |  January 10 2014, 6:43PM

    Another eyesore on the Newquay skyline! this thing is huge. What's the application number so I can object to this monstrosity.

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  • James65  |  January 10 2014, 5:59PM

    That first picture looks photoshoped, look at the second picture and compare the size. Not even close! They already rejected 2 applications because of height, mass and many other issues. If they rejected a 5 storey building (C2/05/00450) and an 8 storey (C2/08/01532) on height, why are they still trying to get a big building on that site.

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  • jimjimjeroo  |  January 10 2014, 5:45PM

    Id build the bigger one just to p1ss everyone off, seeing as they missed the meddling boat

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  • lizryan  |  January 10 2014, 5:11PM

    It's a very big building from the second picture, and what about the parking and traffic on lusty glaze which is already bad.I hope the council have the sense to stop this development. There is already plenty of new expensive builds in Newquay that no one want to buy. Why don't they build something that benefits the community instead. I feel sorry for the people that might have to live next to this thing. It really is horrible

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  • BobToronto  |  January 10 2014, 4:52PM

    All the complainers can get together, pool their resources and buy the developer out! The site then can be turned into a park for dog walkers. Nimbys will be happy, the developers will still make a profit and the people who would have lived in the apartments can live elsewhere. Local tradesmen can live on benefits instead of working an d contributing to the economy. Local furniture and appliance stores will miss out as will local supermarkets and pubs. Tell me what in the above paragraph is wrong?

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  • clairemitchel  |  January 10 2014, 4:25PM

    I walk my dogs across the road from there, and think it will look very ugly for that area. It really doesn't fit in. It's far too tall! where do I sign to object to it?

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  • JimDugan  |  January 10 2014, 3:56PM

    I have seen the plans, and don't think the campaigners picture is misleading at all. It's still a 7 Story building after all, that doesn't belong in Newquay. If they can make a 7 Story tower appear the same height as the 3 story property next to it, there is obviously something very wrong there.

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  • Mturner  |  January 10 2014, 3:19PM

    Look at that pic! It's amazing how Acorn can make a 7 storey building look the same height as the 3 storey next to it! who's misleading who Acorn? we are not guilable.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  January 10 2014, 12:25PM

    Having seen the Facebook page referred to I have to agree that the image pictured has quite clearly been "Photoshopped" to add a further floor and is therefore a total distortion of the true facts.

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