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Cornwall country house hotel could become apartments

Cornwall country house hotel could become apartments

Published by Emma Carton at 1:31pm 18th September 2018. (Updated at 7:31pm 18th September 2018)

By Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

A country house hotel in Cornwall could be converted into apartments after the owners said it was no longer viable as a business.

The 32-bedroom Whitsand Bay Hotel at Portwrinkle had been on the market for £4.75 million but the owners have now submitted plans to turn it into apartments.

Planning applications have been submitted to Cornwall Council for the change of use of the hotel and listed building consent.

The Grade II listed building was relocated from Torpoint to its current home in 1909 and now operates as a hotel as well as having a golf course, restaurant, bar and swimming pool.
The current owners have had the hotel for the last 17 years.

A viability assessment included with the planning applications states: "With the current climate and downturn in bookings it was decided to put the business on the market some years ago".

It states that discreet enquiries were made four years ago and the hotel went onto the market 12 months ago but while there was some interest there were no meaningful offers made.

The main reason stated for this is the amount of refurbishment required - the assessment says that the maintenance budget in previous years had been £40,000 but it had been estimated that major repairs costing £1 million were required.

Under the plans the hotel would be converted into 18 one and two-bedroom apartments.

Documents included with the application state that the hotel has asked the St Anthony Estate to take on the running of the golf club and also indicate that the swimming pool and gym, which are used by about 100 local residents, would also remain open after the conversion.

In its conclusion the viability assessment states: "The hotel now demands a high level of maintenance and it is clear now that an injection of considerable funds is necessary to smarten up the building and refresh the interior to bring it up to the standards that are expected today.

"The development now proposed by the prospective purchaser/developer has the potential therefore to rescue the listed building before it is at risk of falling into disrepair, provided the conversion can be supported".

The planning application states that most changes would be made to the interior of the building to create the new apartments.

It states that there would be no changes to the outside of the building apart from the refurbishment of a single-storey extension which was added to provide staff accommodation.

A separate pre planning application enquiry has also been made for plans to demolish a bungalow next to the hotel and replacing it with four new homes.

No indication has been given for when the applications might be decided.

You can view the application and make comments on the council website.

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