Golf Driving Range in Falmouth among latest planning applications

By Richard Whitehouse - Local Democracy Reporter

3rd Apr 2023 | Local News

The Falmouth Pitch and Putt where owners have applied to add a new golf driving range (Image: Google)
The Falmouth Pitch and Putt where owners have applied to add a new golf driving range (Image: Google)

A golf driving range, a solar farm to provide energy for more than 19,000 homes, and a "festival-style" event for NHS staff are all among the latest planning applications submitted to Cornwall Council. Every week more than 100 applications are validated by the council and we have selected some of the more interesting proposals.

All planning applications submitted to the council have to be validated and are available for inspection by the public. Anyone is also allowed to submit comments about the applications – whether in support or objection.

The majority of planning applications are decided by planning officers at Cornwall Council under delegated powers. However, some applications will go before elected councillors who sit on planning committees.

No dates have been set for when the planning applications below will be determined. They can be viewed by going to the planning portal on Cornwall Council's website at

Golf driving range

A pitch and putt facility in Falmouth is looking to add a golf driving range to its site under new plans. Mr. A Jewell of Falmouth Pitch and Putt has submitted a planning application to Cornwall Council.

Under the plans, a year-round golf driving range would be created at the site on Swanpool Road. The pitch and putt facility is currently only open during the summer season and closed in the winter.

The application states that following the removal of a popular driving range in the area the applicant had been approached by a number of people asking whether they would add a driving range to the pitch and putt site.

It adds: "The proposed development shall provide prospective visitors with a recreational space with up to eight driving range bays. Access to the golf driving range during the summer months shall be provided around the opening times of the Pitch and Putt, whilst full day-time access shall be provided during the winter months when the Pitch and Putt is closed for winter."

And it states: "The proposed golf driving range shall provide residents and visitors of Falmouth with an attractive and all-year-round leisure facility, which aims to be socially inclusive and accessible to all visitors, whilst responding to a clear demand."

Festival-style event for NHS staff

An events company has applied for planning permission to hold a festival-style event for NHS workers at a site in St Agnes. Skybar, which describes itself as a "pop-up beach club" is seeking permission to hold the 72-hour events on land at New Downs, St Agnes.

In a planning statement, Blue Sky Events explain: "Skybar is a high-end pop-up beach club which goes around the South West. Our age demographic is 25 – 65 year olds.

"We have been asked by the NHS to put on a festival-type event for all NHS workers in Cornwall. Our event will be hosted mainly with stretch tent marquees, we take six days to set our event up and we are live for 2-3 days then take all equipment away within two days after the event, with the field being litter picked and handed back to the farmer in its original state."

As well as a marquee the application explains there will be four food stalls along with "high-end trailer toilets" which will provide 15 toilets for women, and a urinal trailer and six toilets for men. There will also be three disabled access toilets.

The application states: "We have run The Skybar event successfully and without any complaints for eight years at the proposed site. We have the marquee and site erected for a short amount of time possible because we have come from a previous event and must take the whole Skybar down and move onto the next location the following weekend."

For more information or to comment on the proposals search for planning application number PA23/01665.

New solar farm

Plans have been submitted to Cornwall Council for a new solar farm on land at Summercourt which could provide energy for more than 19,000 homes. JBM Solar Projects wants to build the facility on land at Burthy Row Farm.

The application states that the site covers 83 hectares but that the solar panels and associated services will only use 5% of the land. As well as the solar panels the plans also include a battery energy storage system.

Documents submitted with the application state that the output of the solar farm would be 49.9 MW. They also indicate that a community benefit fund would be set up providing £150,000 for local projects and that the total investment in the project will be £ 40 million.

It states that the solar farm would be able to produce enough power for 19,606 UK homes. For more information and to comment on the plans search for planning application number PA23/01893.


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