CASEBOOK: Appeal cases - Housing Conversion - Loss of hotel ruled not harmful to tourism

The conversion and extension of a hotel in Dorset serving past and present employees of the Royal Navy to provide 12 apartments has been judged acceptable and unlikely to harm a local strategy to promote tourism.

The premises lay close to the sea and contained 19 bedrooms, dining rooms and a bar. Until 2001 it was operated by a charitable foundation that restricted its use as a hotel for Royal Navy personnel. The inspector agreed that the premises did not have a particularly attractive outlook and were not in a competitive position relative to other hotels and therefore did not constitute important serviced accommodation.

DCS No: 42772268; Inspector: Robin Jacques; Hearing.

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