More flats planned at former hotel?

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 October 2015


THE number of flats built on a derelict former hotel site could be increased by 25 per cent.

The Dorville Hotel in Madeira Road, Weston-super-Mare, was handed over to the Bristol Family Housing in 1998 when it was used as a homeless hostel.

Much controversy has surrounded the crumbling hotel since, as it has been targeted by vandals, arsonists and squatters.

Bristol-based developer Connolly and Callaghan entered a planning application to demolish the former hotel and build 22 luxury flats in 2006. The company later submitted plans for a five-storey complex with up to 56 flats and houses.

After years of back and forth between the developer and North Somerset Council, in 2013 the authority gave permission for 20 flats to be built.

But Connolly and Callaghan now wants to demolish the hotel and rebuild in a similar size and scale to create 25 flats – increasing the scheme by 25 per cent.

Some concerns were raised over the 20-home bid in 2013, when Weston Town Council said: “The council does not object to the principal of redeveloping the site, but consider the proposed application will have an adverse impact on residential on-street parking.”

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