86 flats and new restaurant at former hotel site on West Cliff get the go-ahead (From Bournemouth Echo)
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86 flats and new restaurant at former hotel site on West Cliff get the go-ahead
A REVISED planning application to redevelop a prominent seaside hotel and restaurant was passed at a planning committee on Monday.
Planning officer Steve Davies recommended councillors approve the scheme, which will see the existing Bournemouth International Hotel and Ocean Palace restaurant in Priory Road demolished.
Eighty-six flats will be erected in its place, with an 88-space underground car park sitting underneath and the restaurant constructed on the ground floor at the corner of Beacon Road and Priory Road.
In his report to the planning committee, Mr Davies said the “stylish, modern design” of the two blocks would create a “distinctive landmark” in the town.
Mr Davies described the current building as “very, very unattractive”.
Westbourne and West Cliff councillor Barry Goldbart said he supported the scheme and was happy that the restaurant is being retained, but did raise a concern on behalf of a married couple in his ward who wanted the traditional style of the area to be upheld.
“I promised to raise their views but let them know that I support the plan,” he added.
The deputy mayor, Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts, said: “I would wish to safeguard the heritage of the area but the area will be very much enhanced by the soft landscaping plan.”
Cllr Johann Edward said he did not think the existing building was as awful as described but supported the proposal.
“I don’t think it is particularly ugly or out of context,” he said. “You can argue all day long if you like the design or not.”
Cllr David Kelsey, who was chairing the meeting, said: “It is a very good scheme and it will be good for Bournemouth.”
Andy Barron, planning director at developer Taylor Wimpey, said the building work is expected to be finished in autumn 2016.
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