Old Bayside Hotel site 'suited for student accommodation' to be sold at auction for £750k
PUBLISHED: 08:58 29 October 2017
Weston's former Bayside Hotel site will be sold at auction this week, with the possibility student flats could be built on the land.
The hotel, in Manilla Crescent, was gutted by fire in 2011, and demolished a year later.
The land has remained vacant since then although it has often suffered from fly-tipping and its hoardings, which regularly fall down in the wind, have meant it has become an eyesore.
A number of developers have taken strides to build flats on the site, but it will be sold once again at an auction tonight (Thursday).
It has a guide price of £750,000, but the agent believes if it is built, its value could eventually be between £3.75million and £4.25million.
The housing association Curo Group, was granted planning permission from North Somerset Council in 2015 to build 15 affordable flats on the site.
But the plans never came to fruition, and developers Aspect360 and KKM Architects took over and proposed in March this year to take the number of flats up to 27.
The plans have changed again to 24 flats over five floors, but the council is yet to make a decision on whether this can go ahead.
The auction listing says: “With Weston College benefiting from recent university status the need for student accommodation is likely to increase.
“The property is ideally situated for such a scheme and offers huge potential.”
The developers have included 24 parking spaces in the plans.
A letter from Aspect360 says: “This site has been subject to substantial planning history and unrealised redevelopment, which has left the site to become an unwanted gap in the streetscene.”
The current owner believes there would not have to be any affordable housing on the site.
People living nearby have commented on the application, and said they were supportive of the initial plans for spacious flats with ample parking.
Neighbour Chris Barrett said: “Luxury flats are needed in this area to supply the growing requirements to attract the Bristol commuter.
“I fear the stakeholders are now only interested in profit on their investment and are not listening to the local residents’ comments regarding sufficient parking spaces for potential 60 plus residents, congestion, infrastructure, etc.”