New plans for hotel site?

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 October 2011

new owner royal pier hotel Wahid Samady.

new owner royal pier hotel Wahid Samady.

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MULTI-MILLION pound plans for Weston's Royal Pier Hotel site may go back to the drawing board in preparation for a huge masterplan incorporating Birnbeck Pier and island.

The owner of both sites has exclusively revealed that he is thinking of withdrawing his agreed proposals to create a leisure complex on the fire-ravaged site in the light of his latest purchase.

Wahid Samady had his plans for the Royal Pier Hotel in Birnbeck Road passed in September following months of debate. The following day he revealed in the Mercury how he had bought neighbouring Birnbeck Pier and some surrounding land with fellow businessman Michael Ross.

Now Mr Samady has revealed that he is considering how the Royal Pier Hotel site may fit better within one, big masterplan for that end of the seafront.

He said: “I see the two sites as things that can work together.

“The Royal Pier Hotel could complement a masterplan, so I’m reviewing the current plans for it.”

Mr Samady and Mr Ross hope to reveal more detailed plans for the Birnbeck site, to include some land at the shore end in November and submit a planning application in January.

Mr Samady added: “There is no new, magical solution for Birnbeck.

“Over the past few years very competent stakeholders have examined the merits of different options and we don’t want to reinvent or redo that work.

“We want to pick the parts we feel are relevant and add our own ideas and package them together.”

The current plans for the Royal Pier Hotel site include creating a new building of between four and seven storeys consisting of 63 apartments, food and drink venues and underground parking.

Previous Birnbeck owner Urban Splash vowed to create a residential and leisure complex on the pier, which never came to fruition.

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