Royal Pier Hotel site redevelopment approved
Mercury 24Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A HUGE new up-market residential complex on the site of Weston’s former Royal Pier Hotel has this afternoon (Wednesday) been formally approved by planners.
Moments ago, North Somerset Council voted to approve a development (pictured) which will feature 63 contemporary apartments and beach huts, plus shops and a cafe on promenade level.
The move will lead to huge regeneration of the Birnbeck Road site, which was home to a hotel until it closed in 2009. The derelict landmark was later gutted by fire in 2010, and demolished days later amid safety concerns.
However, the ambitious redevelopment proposed by site owner Wahid Samady has now been approved by eight votes to three by the council, despite opposition from ward members.
All three – Robert Payne, John Crockford-Hawley and Mark Canniford – called for extra time to consider such a large scale application.
They argued the seven-storey size of the proposed apartments meant the new building would be ‘totally out of keeping’ with the rest of the area and could damage the aesthetic of the seafront area.
However, the blueprint – which also includes restaurants, an information centre and a museum – were approved in line with recommendations from the council’s planning experts.
The authority’s deputy leader, Elfan Ap Rees, said the development could prove ‘iconic’ argued it ‘could be a real plus for Weston’ if approved.