Fire-ravaged hotel to be knocked down and replaced with flats
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A fire-ravaged hotel that blighted Weston for more than a decade is set to be demolished and replaced with 40 flats.
The 56-bed Lynton House Hotel has stood dormant since a blaze in 2008 – and was hit by subsequent fires in 2015 and 2018 – despite multiple attempts to redevelop the site.
The business occupied three former Victorian villas and under plans from Acorn Developments the frontage of number 10 Madeira Road will be rebuilt to match its semi-detached neighbour.
Numbers six and eight will be rebuilt because the destruction dealt by fire, rainwater and vandalism mean it is not possible to refurbish.
The plans state: “In December 2008 there was a severe fire in number 8; the roof and the interior of the upper floor were lost.
“There was a further fire in Number 10 in 2015 and further fabric was destroyed. Since then the building has been exposed to the elements and squatters have occupied the building.
“North Somerset Council has posted a dangerous structure notice in the property. It is now in a very poor state of repair and continues to deteriorate and cause a blight on the local area.”
Permission for 41 flats on the site was granted on appeal in 2010. The plans from Acorn Developments cut the number to 40 one and two-bed apartments, with a completely new design.
Weston Civic Society welcomed the development, saying the hotel had been an eyesore for years, but said it was surprised at the absence of lifts in buildings standing up to five-storeys high.
None of the new flats will be affordable after Acorn said their provision would make the scheme unviable. There will not be any off-street car parking but there will be space to store 68 bikes.
North Somerset Council opposed previous plans for the site over the lack of parking, 'exceptionally poor' quality of accommodation and the lack of amenity space.
But despite these concerns its refusals were overturned by the Planning Inspectorate.
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Assessing the latest application, council planning officers said they still had misgivings about the quality of the accommodation but said the project would boost housing numbers, remove a vacant building and help alleviate antisocial behaviour.
The application was approved.