Loss of hotel rejected in tourist resort

An inspector has rejected plans to convert a hotel in a Somerset seaside resort to 14 flats with commercial uses on the ground floor on the grounds of harm to the area's character.

The hotel lay opposite the seafront and a listed railway station. The inspector held that these elements contributed to the defining characteristics and local distinctiveness of the town. The appellant maintained that the hotel was unviable. But the inspector saw a reasonable probability that a hotel use would continue if permission for the use sought in the appeal proposal were refused.

She opined that the scheme was poorly conceived and planned and would result in a downgrading of the character and appearance of a conservation area. The hotel's tourism use would be lost and its subdivision into four separate uses would result in harm to its appearance, she concluded.

DCS Number 100-050-613

Inspector Gyll Grindey; Inquiry.

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