It has been a big week for Devon’s hotel boom.
The controversial plan to redevelop the Corbyn Head Hotel in Torquay was approved, while the Fragrance Group has revealed its two new hotels in Paignton will be run by Accor Hotels under the 4-star Mercure brand.
And plans to build a new hotel in Ilfracombe on the site of the former Golden Coast Amusements in Ilfracombe, which caught fire back in 2004, have been put forward.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service has provided a round-up of all the new hotel developments in the pipeline across Devon.
At least 2,264 bed spaces are set to be created by the new hotels
Park Hotel Paignton
Work is expected to start this month to build a £14m 161-bedroom hotel on the site of the former Park Hotel overlooking Paignton Green.
The Fragrance Group has revealed it will be run by Accor Hotels under the 4-star Mercure brand.
The closed Park Hotel on Esplanade Road, Paignton, which is to be demolished (Image: Ed Oldfield – Free for use by all LDRS partners)
The previous hotel buildings at the site on Esplanade Road have been demolished and cleared after the development was given planning permission in November.
Councillors were told the hotel will create 100 jobs and attract an estimated 95,000 guests a year, bringing an annual £2m spending boost.
Another planning application has gone in on behalf of The Fragrance Group for a 117-bedroom hotel on the neighbouring seafront site of the closed Lighthouse nightclub.
Subject to planning permission being granted, that hotel would be run by the same operator under its Ibis Styles brand.
The deal was revealed on behalf of the Singapore-based Fragrance Group by consultant Martin Rogers at a meeting of Torbay Council’s planning committee.
Corbyn Head, Torquay
Controversial plans for a new building up to six storeys high to replace the Corbyn Head Hotel on Torquay seafront have been approved.
The decision by Torbay Council’s planning committee on Monday night was greeted by shouts of ‘shame’ from the audience of about 100 people in the Riviera Centre, around a mile from the site for the new 152-bedroom hotel.
The developer welcomed the decision as “a vote in favour of investment for future generations” which allows it to move forward with its planned £100m redevelopment of four sites in Torbay.
The committee was tied 4-4 on a proposal from Conservative Chris Lewis to approve the application in line with a recommendation from officers including a series of conditions. That was seconded by Liberal Democrat Mandy Darling. The committee chair, Liberal Democrat Nick Pentney, voted in favour to break the deadlock.
The three-hour meeting heard arguments for and against the revised plan, which was submitted on behalf of developer The Fragrance Group a month after the committee rejected an earlier scheme.
Source: Devon Live