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New plans welcomed for Boscombe's Cliff End Hotel
DEVELOPERS are being invited to submit plans to transform a derelict and fire-damaged hotel.
In a fresh bid to end the saga of the neglected Cliff End Hotel in Boscombe, Bournemouth council is set to issue guidance to prospective developers who might be interested in the site.
The 125-year-old hotel in Manor Road was originally created for the jeweller H Samuel but has been deteriorating ever since it closed in 2002 and earlier this month, it was badly damaged in a fire.
Previous attempts to redevelop the historic hotel have come to nothing and the situation has not been helped by an ongoing row between the freeholder Meyrick Estate and the leaseholders the Boscombe Partnership.
The site development brief drawn up by the council explains that as the site is situated in a conservation area, there are strict rules that control demolition and development.
Any future developer would have to retain the central Victorian part of the building, particularly its front facade, but could demolish other parts.
They would then be able to build new extensions or even an additional building on the site.
Phil Robinson, planning policy, conservation and design manager, said: “The council are aware that the neglected appearance of the site, made worse by the recent fire is a concern for many local residents and we are keen to see the site appropriately developed.
“We are looking to establish a long-term solution bringing the site back into use and the site development brief is an important part of promoting and guiding the redevelopment.” The development brief can be viewed at www.bournemouth.gov.uk/cliffendhotel, at Bournemouth council customer services centre or at any of the town’s libraries.
Comments must be received by Wednesday, February 27.