Some confusion exists over exactly what planning permission Pendennis Shipyard have received from Cornwall Council over their £10m expansion plans for its superyacht newbuild and refit facility in Falmouth. Reports that the project has received full planning permission may be premature.

A Pendennis spokeswoman explained to IBI that the permission applied for is in two parts. One relates to raising the height of the existing 150m (490fty) dry dock by 9m(30ft) and associated buildings and a second part which is linked to the building of a new enclosed basin able to accommodate yachts up to 100m(328ft) or more.

In the absence of confirmation statements from either Pendennis or Cornwall Council, IBI’s understanding from its own enquiries is that the approval given relates to the raising of the dry dock and associated buildings which will include two new large refit sheds. This would leave full approval for the enclosed basin still to be obtained.

The Falmouth Packet newspaper quotes Pendennis Sales & Marketing Director Toby Allies as saying: “This is hugely positive news for both Pendennis and the whole of Falmouth. We have been a growing company in Falmouth for many years and these plans will allow us to improve our facilities and remain competitive in the sector.  Mike Carr, Pendennis managing director, described the expansion plans to the BBC as “a protectionist move to keep up with the competition.”

The £10m figure relates to the full project with the basin expected to take about two years to build. The enlarged facility could see the current workforce increase from around 360 to over 450. Once completed space would be available for the existing work volume on newbuild and refit work on yachts up to around 60m(197ft) being maintained and increased as well as capability for handling larger yachts under the Pendennis Plus brand.