Concerned Porthleven residents have formed a protest group to oppose a 60-house development earmarked for the port.

The “Friends of Porthleven Group” was formed under the chairmanship of Paula Johns to express the concerns of those opposed to the development and the effect it will have on the “amenity of the area”.

Rowe Farming Limited wants to build the homes, 36 of which would be classed as affordable, on land at Shrubberies Hill.

Paula said: “This land, which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, commands a prominent position.

“Being visible from as far as Mousehole it forms the gateway to the scenic coastline from Porthleven to the Lizard, attracting many visitors from far and wide to explore the Coastal Footpath, Loe Bar and Penrose Estate.

“If this development were to go ahead it would totally change the landscape forever.

“It is hoped the Rowe family would consider other sites in Porthleven in their ownership and preserve this area for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

“Once this is lost it is gone forever.”

A planning application has yet to be submitted for the development.