Public Consultation for Origin Coffee new building in the Shipyard, Porthleven

Just over six-weeks ago, the media covered a pre-application plan for a new mixed-used building to house Origin’s business operation. The area this business is planned tobe located is in the Porthleven Shipyard. From the responses I have had, ranged from WTF, OMG to Wow, this is good.

Now the pre-application process is out-of-the-way, the Harbour and Dock Company want to proceed to the next stage of the planning process and submit a full planning application. However, before they do, the company will be holding a public consultation event to gather all views before a full planning application is submitted.

This event will take place on Friday October 9th between 16:00 – 18:00pm at The Brew House on the Harbour Head.

The plan is ambitious, and includes (taken from the pre-app document):

A drum at the pavement edge contains the café, training and office uses. It addresses the public space, the harbour and the views with its curved façade. The rear rectangular form is a simple large industrial volume with private access at the rear of the site away from public interaction.

The design is bold, but has a strong relationship with Porthleven: the materials are “of the place”; the massing and organisation relate well to the site, the built context and the public space; the building use/typology is symptomatic of Porthleven’s new/ emerging positive identity – a centre of food culture and high quality tourism. 

The existing bus stop is a standard stand-alone plastic and steel shelter of poor quality. The approximate location of the new shelter will remain unchanged but is now integrated into the new building. Its glass roof links the existing single storey Brew House building (once the harbour master’s office) with the drum of the new Origin building. The choice and quality of materials will match those of the new building.

This development presents an opportunity for a huge improvement of this focal public space. A newly paved shared surface with re-aligned kerb edges could be provided, giving greater space for and priority to, pedestrians. With views onto both sides of the harbour this is an important orientation point for visitors to Porthleven.

It connects pedestrian routes from the public car parks and to the green space further up the valley. Some information/signage might be appropriate as well as seating. A large baulk timber screen wall is also shown which conceals parked cars within the Shipyard and the trash screen from the public space and provides a new backdrop suggestive of the former uses and materials associated with the shipyard.


The pictures below will illustrate the plan and give you an idea how the building would like if it was approved (in the current form). I should point out a lot can and does change from a concept to planning permission being granted. Including taking onboard the public view.

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The answer to that question will be up to you, the residents of Porthleven. Therefore, I urge you to take the time to see the plans in full and ask any questions you may have.


  • Janette Jagla

    I was born in Porthleven and lived there for 20 years. I visit regularly each year and my children and grandchildren look upon it as their spiritual home. Over the years I have watched the village change from that of a small fishing community to one of a holiday destination. Whilst most of the changes have been in keeping with the village I feel that the proposed building is a bridge too far. If the council want to see what happens to a small fishing village when the architects have free rein with modern designs, then they need only to visit West Bay in Dorset where similar buildings have been approved and have proved detrimental to the atmosphere of the community. Surely a more pleasing design could be put forward.

  • Dick Wall

    I completely agree , the modern buildings on West Bay have detracted from the look of old West Bay harbour and Porthleven could end up the same and destroy what a large number of visitors come to enjoy. Also how many new well paid jobs will be created ?

  • MoiraWithington

    The building is out of character and would have a detrimental effect on the harbour. Direct access to the water is still needed for Gig racing days etc. The smell of the making of coffee is not nice .It is not the place for a factory that is already being used on Water ma Trout.

  • moira withington

    What will happen to the existing factory and employees. A pelican crossing is needed.If cars are still being allowed through the existing entrance.

  • Andy Collings

    Let us hope common sense will prevail, this would be the beginning of the end. A place which was once beautiful Cornish fishing village will be gone. Replaced with modern buildings which lack character a life time of history gone forever.

  • Gilly Zella Martin

    I suppose it vaguely resembles the shape of the lime kiln but on a much bigger scale. Why could they not make it ship-shape!

  • Ian Parsons

    Looking at the proposed plan I notice a new entrance is planned on the road out toward The Bottoms, why not have the new building placed in the large vacant area that is used for dumbing old rubble etc, and the proposed area tarmacked and landscaped The proposed design is totally out of place with existing buildings within the Harbour area and would destroy what so many locals and visitors enjoy and like about Porthleven.

  • Michaela

    I don’t think anyone that doesn’t live in Porthleven should have an opinion, it doesn’t matter where they were born, what does anyone that doesn’t live in Porthleven give to the village or do for the village, especially if they only visit once a year. Its the people that live here that have to live with the new buildings of any kind.

  • An old Porthlevener of almost 80 years,

    I was born in Porthleven, as were many generations before me, & love the place, but it makes me sad, to see it going more & more, with visitors in mind, every day, not that I am against visitors, we love to see them, & have made many friends from them over the years, but our dear old fishing village, is getting lost, what with all the new housing, & now this stupid idea, the character of the place, will be gone, we used to be, like one big happy family, in a fantastic small fishing village, but sadly no more,


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  • Gilly Zella Martin

    I think that is a rather interesting philosophy that Michaela displays in her comment. Any planning application, and that includes Porthleven, that appears on the Cornwall Council website, is open to the registered opinions from anyone.

    In response to Michaela’s reference as to what any individual who does not live in Porthleven “gives to the village or does for the village”, Porthleven businesses rely on tourism, if no one supported those businesses then Porthleven would not benefit in the way that it currently does, and that would include loss of revenue from the CIC car-park. So whether someone visits Porthleven once a year or once a day, they are more often than not, “giving” to Porthleven in one way or another.

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