Falmouth Harbour Commissioners are committed to sustainable development at Falmouth Port.

We support scientific research that helps us better understand the environment and work hard to ensure the historic harbour remains viable, whilst taking into account the needs of our local community.

FHC contributed to the Port of Falmouth Master Plan. The Master Plan was completed in 2009 and describes potential development strategies for the port and harbour areas. It compares options and identifies a preferred development option which was adopted by Cornwall Council in 2010. You can access this report through our library by clicking here.

Falmouth port and the surrounding area is designated as a Special Area of Conservation and a proposed Special Protection Area for birds under that Habitats and Birds Directives, for more information on these and other nearby environmental designations click here.

Developments within the harbour area are subject to a range of legislation and may require a license from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

If you are considering developing in the marine environment the MMO have developed marine plans to aid developers understand what should be considered. The South West Marine Plan is currently being developed. For more information click here.

Under the habitats regulations it is a requirement to consider the environmental impacts on the Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area, including in combination effects with other proposed schemes. To aid developers we have created a list of useful links and documents in conjunction with the SAC management forum.