Plans to “modernise” and “repair” Falmouth Docks revealed

By Max Goodman

1st Sep 2023 | Local News

Parts of Falmouth Docks are said to be unsafe and in need or development. (Image: Cornwall Council)
Parts of Falmouth Docks are said to be unsafe and in need or development. (Image: Cornwall Council)

Plans have been revealed that aim to "modernise" and "repair" Falmouth Docks.

The A&P Group wants to develop the Docks as parts of the site are considered to be in poor condition with many "structural failures".

The damage is said to be limiting the amount of work carried out at the docks.

Failing structure at the harbour. (Image: Ramboll/ EIA report)

Long-term plans for the docks could see some of the current structures ripped out and a new suspended deck structure built at the Western Wharf, Queens Wharf, and Northern Wharf.

Some of the site would also need to be dredged.

But before a full planning application for the major redevelopment project is submitted, the firm has asked Cornwall Council whether it needs to complete a thorough Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

If the council says an EIA is necessary, A&P will have to investigate the likely effects on the environment caused by the development.

Possible areas that could be affected include water quality, marine life, commercial fisheries, and hydrodynamics (tides, currents, and waves) of Falmouth Harbour. 

Part of the report even considers potential flood risks.

Plans submitted to the council said: "Proposed development would redevelop and modernise the existing facilities at Falmouth Docks to reinstate full alongside berth capability.

"The objectives of the proposed development are to repair and update the currently poor condition port infrastructure in order to maintain existing business (including essential ship repair) and future proof the port with respect to three main areas: cruise capacity, cargo capacity, and FLOW (supporting the offshore wind market)."

Timber Piles in the harbour. (Image: Ramboll/ EIA report)

A&P says the current design has been developed to avoid environmental effects and minimise the footprint of the development where possible.

The docks date back to the mid-19th century and was developed to almost the present layout by 1969.

See the plans here.

     

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