Royal Hotel given permission to expand and build underground car park
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 May 2018
A grade-II listed Weston-super-Mare hotel will be central to the town's regeneration, as permission has been granted for it to extend and add an underground car park.
The owners of the Royal Hotel, on the seafront, applied in August 2017 for planning permission to build 72 new bedrooms, a restaurant and the lawn-covered car park.
Weston ward councillors supported the plans and did not request for it to be discussed at a committee, and it was therefore approved by North Somerset Council officers on May 23.
Hotel director Jonathan Cooke told the Mercury: “This is brilliant news for us and it is fantastic news for Weston because it is up and coming now, and growing.
“The look of the hotel will be better from the seafront, because they will be looking at a lawn rather than cars on the road.”
Mr Cooke said the hotel’s plans tie in with the council’s Italian Gardens project, and its ambitions to improve Spider Lane. The development will also sit alongside Weston College’s revamp of the Winter Gardens.
Mr Cooke said: “The aesthetics will be fantastic when it is all done.”
Hotel directors and owners will meet to decide how the work will progress and the impact on its room bookings.
Work on the car park is likely to start first, and is estimated to take four months. The main extension could take a year.
Councillor John Crockford-Hawley said: “I consider this hotel’s development to be a tangible example of Weston regeneration.
“There will of course be some people who prefer to see no change whatsoever but in order to prosper there must be change, though where our built environment is concerned this change must be of high design standard. We must not do as we did in the 1970s. Hopefully we’ve learned a lesson or two since then.
“Once this application has been approved I look forward to completion of the Italian Gardens project – the widening and paving of Spider Lane giving a visually attractive route from the promenade into High Street, paving of the unfinished plot between University Centre Weston and the hotel, and re-alignment of the road at South Parade.”
Mr Cooke praised the support of Weston’s councillors, and View Architects who drew up the plans.