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Old bank in St Ives could be turned into hotel

Old bank in St Ives could be turned into hotel

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:19pm 5th February 2020. (Updated at 9:39am 6th February 2020)

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to convert a former bank in the centre of St Ives into a hotel are set to be decided next week.

However the proposals to breathe new life into the former NatWest branch have been recommended for refusal, despite being supported by locals.

Mrs Cloete has submitted the application to Cornwall Council for the conversion of the Tregenna Hill building into a “micro hotel” along with having a restaurant, cafe and deli on the ground floor.

Under the plans the upper floors of the bank would be converted into four suites with the roof of the building remodelled to provide additional space.

The ground floor would have a cafe/deli which would include a wood fired pizza oven and bakery

While the plans are to raise the height of the roof the overall height of the building would not be higher than neighbouring properties.

The plans are set to go before the council’s west sub-area planning committee on Monday but planning officers have recommended that they be refused stating that they do not consider the proposals to be sustainable.

In their submission the applicants state: “The proposal was presented in a pre-planning meeting to St Ives Town Council. It is understood to have been well-received by Councillors, with an overall positive response to the proposed roof, with a comment that a modern approach in this respect was better than a ‘pastiche’ of the former roof. Councillors are also understood to have expressed pleasure at the proposed uses, given that hotel rooms have been lost in the town centre in recent years.”

In its comments the town council says: “The Planning Committee does see merit in this proposal because of the economic benefits and the fact that the bank building has remained empty for a considerable period of time. The Town Council prizes its heritage assets very highly and has weighed this in its consideration of the proposal.”

St Ives BID has also supported the plans stating: “Proposal will enhance the area whilst at the same time employment and facilities for visitors and locals to benefit St Ives as a whole.”

There have been no public comments submitted objecting to the proposals.

The west sub-area planning committee will meet on Monday (February 10th) to decide the application.

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