The number of students enrolled at Falmouth University seems set to increase by 50% to 7,500, if councillors accept their officers’ recommendation when they meet next week.
The proposal is fiercely controversial. Of 285 comments lodged with Cornwall Council, 274 are opposed to the idea. There are concerns that the Falmouth-Penryn area does not have sufficient housing to accommodate such an increase.
But the council’s strategic planning committee is being urged to approve a lifting of the 5,000-maximum cap on student numbers which was imposed by the former Kerrier District Council in 2009.