FULL REPORT: Councillors say £3million development would have too great an impact on the area, as developers confirm they will appeal

Plans for a luxury, multi-million-pound hotel in Westward Ho! have been turfed out by councillors for the second time in three months.

Torridge District Council’s (TDC) plans committee unanimously refused the £3million ‘Whotel’ plans at its meeting this morning (Thursday).

The plans – including a 15 bedroom hotel, restaurant and spa – were for land adjacent to the village green which is currently leased to Westward Living Ltd by TDC.

Initial proposals for the hotel were refused in January and resubmitted the following month – but councillors once again all said they could not support them.

There was strong feeling in the room that Westward Ho! needed ‘and deserved’ a luxury hotel – but not on this site, said councillors.

Cllr David Lausen said: “Latitude 51 has really added something to the area and its regeneration, but I’m afraid the hotel plans are still too large.

“The street scene would be changed to the detriment of the village and I really think it’s in the wrong place.”

Cllr Jane Whittaker added: “It’s such a shame we couldn’t see detailed plans – outline plans always frighten me; I wonder what we’re going to end up with.”

Despite developers reducing the height of the building by a floor – making it the same height as the adjoining Latitude 51 buildings – councillors worried it was ‘too much’.

Cllr Chris Leather said: “It would be catastrophic for the people in the flats next to it if it was developed to that extent.

“It will spoil the vista looking down Golf Links Road where you can see the sea.”

Councillors all agreed the village needed a hotel – but the mass of the proposals and the affect on the privacy of nearby residents outweighed the benefits.

Speaking after the meeting, Kathy Murdoch, of Westward Living, said they would be appealing the decision ‘right away’.