Developers to challenge hotel plan decision

A Westward Ho! businessman said this week that he was considering going to judicial review following a second refusal of planning permission for a multi-million pound hotel development for the resort. Alan Smith and fellow businessman Martin Seymour of We

A Westward Ho! businessman said this week that he was considering going to judicial review following a second refusal of planning permission for a multi-million pound hotel development for the resort.Alan Smith and fellow businessman Martin Seymour of Well Pict European Ltd put forward plans for the 28-bed five-star hotel on land at the Duckhaven Stud equestrian site in Cornborough Road as part of a regeneration project that would also include redevelopment of the resort's former Buccaneer pub and a celebrity-chef led cookery school and restaurant.The project would have created up to 90 jobs.They already have an ongoing appeal against an earlier refusal by Torridge District Council planners.Mr Smith told the Gazette that he felt the whole regeneration of Westward Ho! was being put in jeopardy.The application was refused by councillors for similar reasons as last time, including that the proposed hotel site is outside the development boundary and concerns of it being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Planning officers, however, had recommended approval on the grounds that the project would bring economic and regeneration benefits that outweighed policy objections.Celebrity chef John Burton Race gave his support to the project by video link to the planning meeting. He said it would benefit people both locally and regionally.


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