Falmouth University Expansion
The number of students studying at Falmouth University is set to increase after Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee gave the proposal the go-ahead.
Following a two-hour long debate and an eight to seven vote the council decided it was in Cornwall’s best interests as a whole to allow the student cap to be lifted, allowing Falmouth University and Exeter University to raise the numbers of students at Penryn from 5,000 to 7,500 full time equivalent students by 2022.
The raising of the cap would see a 50% increase in student numbers.
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The extra students will also be accommodated in a new purpose-built 1,050 student village at Penryn, which was also approved by councillors by 12 votes to one and three abstentions.
Falmouth and Exeter universities have received approval to raise the number of students in the town from 5,000 to 7,500 by 2022.
The student cap lift had raised concerns from residents in Falmouth, Mabe and Penryn, about the impact on doctors’ surgeries, parking in residential areas as well as housing – in particular the number of homes being turned into houses of multiple occupation for students and the swathe of large scale student housing schemes that have been put forward.
It even led to a protest rally in Falmouth.
However, despite more than 250 objections and vigorous opposition from some members of the strategic planning committee, the application was approved.
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A spokeswoman for Falmouth University welcomed the decision, saying: “We are pleased that, following constructive and positive discussions, this application has been approved by Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee.