Weston-super-Mare hotel to be converted into care home?

PUBLISHED: 16:53 03 June 2015

Braeside Hotel Victoria Park.

Braeside Hotel Victoria Park.

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A WESTON-SUPER-MARE hotel could be converted into a nursing home for people with mental health difficulties.

Planning permission is being sought to transform the Braeside Hotel bed and breakfast into a care centre.

If the plans are accepted, mental health charity Richmond Fellowship would take on running the site in Victoria Park.

In a statement submitted to North Somerset Council, Tetlow King Planning said the change of use would not detract from Weston as a tourist resort – a concern planning officers must consider before deciding whether to give the scheme the go-ahead.

It says: “The existing guesthouse is relatively modest in scale with nine bedrooms and therefore the loss of the tourism use will not impact on the capacity and attractiveness as a tourist destination.

“The application site is not within Weston seafront or the town centre locality, albeit is conveniently located to both, therefore the change of use would not harm the character (of either).”

Tetlow King says the council should allow the change to be made if it wants to be consistent, highlighting the decision to allow the Bayside Hotel in Weston to be converted into 15 flats as an example.

If the Braeside conversion application gets approved, then work would begin to transform nine en-suite bedrooms into a 10-bed care home.

There is no off-street parking available, however Tetlow King says that should not prevent the application being accepted by the council because that is no different to the current arrangement with the hotel.

It believes visitors will tend to use public transport more and therefore it should ‘ease the pressure on on-street parking’ in that part of Weston, rather than make the issue worse.

Tetlow King also believes the change of use should be allowed because there are other care homes nearby.

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