THE OWNERS of Knoll House Hotel in Studland say they are concerned that some of the statements about their redevelopment application, due to be heard by councillors tomorrow, may mislead councillors.

It is understood that a supplementary paper will be given to Dorset councillors at the eastern area planning committee with updated information before they decide the £60million scheme.

"Unfortunately, landscape impacts have been overstated in the local authority’s recommendation for refusal, with the building measurements being incorrectly expressed as twice the size of what is proposed in the application. These issues have been challenged by the applicant and have been subsequently acknowledged by planning officers," said a statement from Kingfisher Resorts which has been planning the redvelopment for four years.

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"Proposed are 30 high quality and energy efficient hotel bedrooms, 6 villas, 41 apartments and 16 maisonettes, all sitting on a reduced site area from the existing hotel which already hosts 30 buildings currently sprawled across the site. A new leisure provision including spa, gym, and restaurant all accessible to local residents is also a feature of the plans."

Bournemouth Echo: How the redevelopment might look – Courtesy of Kingfisher Resorts/Conran & PartnersHow the redevelopment might look – Courtesy of Kingfisher Resorts/Conran & Partners

The statement claims that the re-development will offer 233 jobs and provide £8.5m in benefits to the area, year on year, if it is allowed.

"Without redevelopment the potential of existing job losses are a reality due to the declining nature of the existing property," said the company.

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It says it acknowledges concerns about the impact of the complex on the natural environment and, as a result, has "agreed to significant enhancements including removing the ability for dogs to stay at the hotel yet continuing to provide a signposted and informed dog walking route for the local community, to manage risk to wildlife.

"Encompassing all relevant sustainability considerations, the new resort will provide renewable energy on site and provide electric buses to limit car use for guests and staff running from 6am to midnight daily across Poole, Wareham and Purbeck.

"A revived Knoll House Hotel provides Dorset with the opportunity to receive significant investment and a hospitality gem which the whole county would be proud of, comparable to the quality of Soho Farmhouse or Chewton Glen."