New leisure complex and hotels for seafront?
NEW hotels and a leisure complex could take shape on Weston seafront within the next two years.
Kerry Michael, who co-owns former nightclub Sands in Beach Road, wants to knock the building down and replace it with the new development.
The well-known businessman, is in initial discussions with a potential partner company to put a budget hotel, as well as three or four star accommodation on the seafront site.
Plans to demolish the once-popular nightspot will go before North Somerset councillors this evening (Thurs) for a decision.
As well as the two new hotels on the site, Mr Michael says that by the 2012 season he would like to have some leisure facilities built there, but what shape they will take has not yet been decided.
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He said: “Weston has a big demand for quality hotels and the pier redevelopment, with its various function rooms and wedding venues, will only add to that.
“I believe there is opportunity for several new hotels at all price levels, from budget through to boutique.”
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Grand Pier owners Kerry and Michelle Michael bought Sands last year.
They say in the short-term they would like to use the site as a carpark, but that is only a temporary measure while they draw up plans for the hotels.
Mr Michael added: “Existing hotels need updating to bring them up to today’s standards and I hope that the new pier will be the catalyst for further private investment all along the seafront.”
If the proposals get the go-ahead this evening, the car park would be allowed to operate for three years.
English Heritage has objected to the demolition of Sands, saying the building adds character to the area.