Readers react to possible Royal Hotel expansion
PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:35 20 August 2017
Weston-super-Mare has thrived on the success of its local businesses and now one of the town’s main hotels could get a revamp.
The Royal Hotel, in South Parade, wants to expand with bosses hoping to build a three-story extension to create 72 new bedrooms and a new restaurant in Royal Parade, as well as an underground car park.
The independent business has now asked for planning permission from North Somerset Council and comments are welcome up until August 31.
Mercury readers took to Facebook to share their jubilation and concerns about the possible development.
Andrew Phillpotts was one of the first to voice his opinion on the development.
Mr Phillpotts raised concerns about the ‘awful’ front which was ‘not in keeping’ with Weston.
Some readers were on the fence about the development, including Claire Urch who said she liked the plans, but could not see how you would use an underground car park unless it is built like ‘a waterproof tank’.
Terry Reynolds Junior was one of the first of many to support the hotel owners.
He said: “Fantastic, an independent family-run business extending its offering and making an investment in the town.
“It is a nice change from seeing Premier Inns popping up everywhere. Best of luck to Julie and the team at The Royal Hotel.”
Wendy Beacham echoed Terry’s praise and called for other seafront businesses to ‘update’ and do the same.
She added: “An extension improvement to The Royal Hotel would be good and cheaper parking would also encourage locals to use the town centre more.”
The positive comments continued to flood in on the Mercury’s Facebook page.
Chris Parkinson wished the owners ‘good luck’ and encouraged others to follow suit, saying redevelopment in Weston ‘should be welcomed’.
Paul Rogers said: “Fantastic vision for the future.
“The seafront has been waiting for some new input. Well done to the Royal.”
Mary Cox said the plans ‘look fantastic’ and are in keeping with the new Italian Gardens.
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