Planning inspector will decide if fire-ravaged hotel can be turned into 40 flats

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 March 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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The final decision on whether a derelict Weston-super-Mare hotel can be knocked down and 40 flats built in its place will be made by a planning inspector.

Lynton Hotel, Maderia Road.Lynton Hotel, Maderia Road.

North Somerset Council refused Refresh Living No.4 permission to demolish the Lynton House Hotel, in Madeira Road, to use it for flats in 2016.

The authority said it would be an over-development of the site, and would lead to ‘oppressive living conditions’ for neighbours due to limited light.

It also said the development would ‘significantly increase competition’ over car parking spaces, where there were already few available on weekends and evenings.

The would-be developer has appealed the decision to the planning inspector.

The building was last used as a 56-bedroom hotel in 2008 and it closed after a fire.

The hotel is in a bad state of repair owing to a second fire in 2015, and another in January this year.

MORE: Fire tears through derelict Weston-super-Mare hotel.

The developer says the council has a need for housing, because it does not have a five-year housing supply.

It also believes the development will reduce crime and benefit the appearance of the conservation area by removing a fire damaged and derelict building.

Refresh Living says it conducted its own parking survey, and believes there are more spaces available than the council suggests.

However, Weston Town Council said: “The town council considers insufficient consideration has been given to on-site parking provision in a location which is particularly impacted by day visitor parking.”

North Somerset Council adds: “There is no objection to the demolition of the hotel or the redevelopment of the site for flats.

“The benefit of market and affordable housing also carries substantial weight, both in terms of its social and economic benefits. The removal of the building, given its current condition and appearance brings with the opportunity to improve the appearance of the site and its place in the street scene and conservation area.

“These factors must be however be weighed against the details of the proposal, particularly its scale, appearance, design, quality of accommodation for prospective occupants and its physical impacts on neighbours and the wider setting.”

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