Weston hotel destroyed by fire to be redeveloped this year
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A former Weston hotel that has been abandoned for more than a decade is to be resurrected later this year as private flats.
Lynton House Hotel, on Madeira Road, was damaged beyond repair by a fire in 2008 before Acorn Homes Group purchased the property.
A six-year planning process followed before the company was given the green light to repurpose the site into more than 40 apartments.
Managing director at Acorn, Mark Thomas told the Mercury that subsequent fire damage in 2015 and 2018, and arson attacks meant that a demolition job was the only feasible approach.
He said: "Months ago we were given permission to redevelop the site into flats.
"We decided to demolish most of the remaining structure and will start building the apartments in Autumn.
"We hope to have the construction works finished in 18 months time."
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The original hotel was known for its Victorian-style architecture, something Acron was keen to keep.
Mr Thomas added: "Our plans are to mimic the previous Victorian frontage of the hotel.
"We have worked alongside North Somerset Council to achieve the right style while doing this.
"The rear of the building will have a more contemporary look to it."
North Somerset Council's planning executive, Mark Canniford, told the Mercury that he was pleased Acron had chosen to keep the site's Victorian style but hopes it can provide adequate parking facilities.
Cllr Canniford said: "We had previously rejected planning on Lynton House due to an issue with its parking facility and I still have residents get in touch citing it as a 'major issue'.
"However, it is important to have good, pragmatic developments in Weston for people to live in. The site is in a beautiful area in the town and a Victorian frontage will only add to this.
"The council will continue to do what is necessary to bring developers and add value to our town"