A Falmouth resident hit back at developers behind a controversial estate in one of Falmouth's most scenic locations, saying: "people have been let down by the planning process."

Developers behind Linden Homes' The View at Swanpool are attempting to increase the proposed size of some of the houses.

Representatives from Linden Homes addressed concerns about their latest application at a meeting of Falmouth Town Council's planning committee on Monday.

They explained to councillors that the reason behind the proposed amendment was because a new architect had taken over the project.

A local resident, however, contended that the Linden Homes developers had "tried to make light of the changes" in their speech.

Andrew Rowe, Linden Homes' planning director, began a presentation to councillors by saying: "We have taken on board the comments that you have made. We have made some changes to the scheme and what we want to do is present them in the context of the site."

Architect David Dunn of Dunn Marino Associates in Exeter explained that the proposed changes to the buildings intended to "improve their architectural quality," and that the result would be a smaller front elevation.

Andy West, planning manager at Linden Homes, said: "The view, when viewed from the area of natural beauty, would be relatively unchanged."

He also addressed some of the concerns raised by residents who commented on Cornwall Council's planning website and feared that a footpath promised in the original plans would be removed in the amendment.

Mr West said: "We are not seeking to remove the path. The intention is to build the path in the proposed location."

Jay Gidman, a local resident, spoke to councillors about how Linden Homes' latest planning application "fails to provide adequate information."

Mr Gidman said that several documents were missing from the application, including a design statement and proper drawings of the proposed changes.

He concluded by making reference to the fact that both the town council and Cornwall Council opposed the original plans for the development, which was ultimately approved by the planning inspectorate in Bristol.

Mr Gidman said: "People have been let down by the planning process. The very least that should now be done is not to allow this highly unpopular development to expand. We ask Falmouth town Council to object to Cornwall Council in the strongest possible terms."

A petition opposing the latest planning application garnered more than 150 signatures. There were 44 further objections on Cornwall Council's planning website, with one in support from a 'Mr David Cameron' who wrote: "I am very interested in purchasing a property at this development."

Falmouth Town Councillors voted to recommend the application for refusal as the proposed development is too large.

The application will now go in front of Cornwall Council's planning subcommittee for a decision.