Apartment transformation for fire-damaged hotel?

PUBLISHED: 08:49 18 September 2012

The Bayside Hotel was ravaged by fire

The Bayside Hotel was ravaged by fire

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A WESTON hotel which was devastated by a fire and became home to squatters is set to be turned into apartments.

Plans have been submitted to turn the former Bayside Hotel in Manilla Crescent into a block of 14 flats with 15 car parking spaces.

The building will be five storeys high, with 13 two bedroom and one three bedroom flats.

The plans, which were submitted in 2011, are set to be discussed at a North Somerset Council’s south area planning committee meeting on Thursday.

The hotel had become a home to squatters and rats after becoming vacant in 2006, but in 2011 was badly damaged by a fire which meant much of the building had to be knocked down in an emergency demolition.

The news comes after the Mercury reported last week that developers are planning to turn the Dorville Hotel in Madeira Road into about 20 flats and will apply for permission next month.

The Bayside had been set for redevelopment three years ago, but was sold on to administrators after the previous owner went into liquidation.

One letter of objection was received by the council from a resident complaining the site would lead to a loss of daylight to a property north of the site. Letters have also been received concerning access to the site and its parking spaces.

A submission by English Heritage said: “The importance of Bayside Hotel is inherent on its location and historic connections rather than its architectural qualities.

“It is regrettable that the condition was so poor that emergency demolition had to take place.

“This is not wholly acceptable and it is requested that other vulnerable buildings should be identified and monitored and effectively managed.”

The application is set to be approved subject to conditions.

The report suggests the council should approve the site subject to the developers making a contribution to the community – know as section 106 money - as long as it is financially viable.

It states: “The principle of development accords with adopted local plan policies… It will provide high quality homes and will enable the redevelopment of a visually detrimental site in the conservation area.

“The development will not result in unacceptable impacts on the living conditions of neighbours.”

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