Readers prefer derelict and fire-ravaged hotel is turned into flats

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 April 2018

A picture of the fire at the Lynton House Hotel taken by Richard Heiron.

A picture of the fire at the Lynton House Hotel taken by Richard Heiron.

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Westonians have been having their say on social media after the Mercury reported plans to demolish the town’s Lynton House Hotel and build 40 flats in its place will be adjudicated over by the Planning Inspectorate.

Refresh Living No.4 sought permission to demolish the hotel, in Madeira Road, and build homes in its place in 2016 – but its plans were torn up by North Somerset Council due to concerns over how the development would impact neighbours.

The owner has appealed the council’s verdict, and the plans will be reviewed by a planning inspector before making a final decision on whether to award planning permission.

The 56-bedroom hotel closed 10 years ago after a fire.

The now-derelict building has been hit by two fires since – in 2015 and in January this year.

A poll of 272 Mercury readers showed 52 per cent want to see the former hotel turned into flats.

Many people took to social media to share their view.

Ashley Leahy wrote: “I would much rather that it was converted into flats, compared to it just standing rotting. It looks awful and has done for a long time.”

David Oxendale said: “While most of us want to see Weston thrive as a visitor destination, tourism has changed and it’s unlikely that site will ever be suitable for hospitality now or in the future – and in case you’re in any doubt, check out the future plans for Dauncey’s.

“It needs to become housing to prevent even further misuse of the property and to continue the regeneration of that area following on from the Dorville Hotel.”

Lisa Andrew commented: “What about having something to visit, something that is worth it in the first place?

“I went through seafront last Saturday lunchtime and the place was like a ghost town.”

Craig Dixon said: “They should enforce the fact it’s in a conservation area.

“The building should at least on the outside be replicated in the finest of detail, but they won’t.”

To join the discussion visit www.facebook.com/wsmercury or www.twitter.com/wsmercury

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