Penzance synagogue site saved from sale at last minute
Plans to sell off part of a building which is home to a Cornish landmark have been thrown out.
Proposals by Star Pubs and Bars to redevelop the Star Inn in Penzance and sell off a section which includes the remains of the town's Jewish synagogue, were refused.
Approval of the scheme had seemed likely before the last-minute decision by Cornwall Council planners.
A spokesperson for the authority said issues over noise caused the plans to be rejected.
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"There could be a likely increase of level of noise and general disturbance on the site which would be detrimental to nearby properties," they said.
If they had been approved, the proposals would have seen a full internal and external refurbishment, including the reduction of the size of the public house, with the demolition of a contemporary extension.
But noise concerns were raised over the addition of an external courtyard and outdoor drinking area.
Members of the Penzance Civic Society, who wrote to planners in opposition to the development, are celebrating the result.
The society was worried that the part of the building which was home to the synagogue would have been severed and sold off.
"We are pleased that the impact has given pause to the councillors," said Paul Young, chair of the society. "I also think that in general this shows that local people do not want Penzance treated as a clone town."
A spokesperson for Star Pubs and Bars said: "We are of course disappointed. We believe our plans for the pub would help regenerate the high street.
"We will therefore be liaising with the local authority planning department to discuss options going forward."