Cornwall Councillors defer student cap decision

The decision to raise the cap on student numbers at the Tremough Campus has been deferred until March.  Campaigners against University expansion breathed a sigh of relief. Reported in The Packet on Thursday 5 January 2017, Councillor Webber said his deferral was based on two points: "Further information on purpose built accommodation figures to improve the situation in Falmouth," and information "from the universities in regards to their business plans for the rim and hub." 

Across both campuses the student body is now over 7,000. In a population of 33,500 in Penryn & Falmouth, that constitutes over a fifth of the population. This has put a squeeze on housing with the University failing to build enough housing for students. And parking, well we're expected to pay for that now as well. The University was given £millions in EU funding to build the University at Tremough, the hub. To spread the benefits throughout Cornwall, surely Falmouth University should now focus on the rim and stop expansion at Tremough.

Cornwall Councillors defer student cap decision following two hour meeting

Cornwall Councillors have put off making a decision on future student numbers in Falmouth as they continue to seek reassurances and new commitments from the universities. Members of the council's strategic planning committee spent two hours listening to representations from residents, town and parish councillors and university representatives, and debating amongst themselves, before deciding to defer a vote on the matter.

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