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The Observatory guesthouse in Falmouth will be dentist at Western Terrace

A FORMER observatory is to be converted from a guesthouse to a dental office after a request for change of use has been granted by Cornwall Council.

The request for a Mr. and Mrs. Paterson was granted under delegated authority to convert the Observatory Guest House at 27 Western Terrace, Falmouth as well as to create the associated external changes.

Falmouth City Council recommended approval conditional on continued mixed residential and commercial use.

Senior Development Officer Laura Potts granted the Patersons permission to convert the premises, noting that the property has had a variety of uses over the years, including its initial use as an observatory, and has been a home of ‘hosts for 20 years.

The guesthouse was on the market for £ 650,000, but applicants had said that while demand for hotels and guest houses in Falmouth remained stable, some of the constraints reported by potential buyers were that they would need more bed and breakfasts than the six available, in order to derive more income from the business to support a family.

Some buyers had said they would prefer a larger / more private owners garden or prefer a commercial location closer to the seafront and beaches in Falmouth.

“While the loss of guest accommodation is regrettable, this must be weighed against the proposed use for a much needed dental office,” she said in her report.

She added: “In addition, the site is a good location for community use being on one of Falmouth’s main through routes and within walking distance of bus stops on Moor. There is also parking available on The new use is not considered to result in an unacceptable level of noise and disturbance.

In her conclusion, she said: “Taking into account these factors, on the whole it is considered that the proposal is acceptable, subject to conditions. All other issues raised have been taken into account, including the planning history and city council comments, but none are of such importance as to outweigh the considerations that led to the conclusion. ”

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