Westward Ho! hotel plan recommended for approval

COUNCILLORS will tomorrow (Thursday) be asked to approve plans for a new hotel complex at Westward Ho! even though the site is outside the development area. The application to build the hotel on the Duckhaven Equestrian site in Cornborough Road was ref

COUNCILLORS will tomorrow (Thursday) be asked to approve plans for a new hotel complex at Westward Ho! even though the site is outside the development area.The application to build the hotel on the Duckhaven Equestrian site in Cornborough Road was refused by Torridge District Council's plans committee in February.An appeal was lodged against the refusal, but has yet to be determined.Now officers are recommending that the scheme be approved in outline because "although the proposal is contrary to planning policy, the economic/regeneration benefits are considered to outweigh the policy objection."Also, the proposal is considered to be acceptable because adequate details have been submitted to demonstrate that it would conserve and enhance the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty."The hotel project is part of multi-million pound regeneration plans for Westward Ho! by local businessmen Alan Smith and Martin SeymourThe �3.5 million complex would be built in 50 acres of parkland above the resort. Also planned is a �4 million seafront development on the former Buccaneer pub and ice rink site to include two restaurants - one headed by a celebrity chef - a water feature, shops, tourist information centre, heritage centre, offices, apartments and a new village square.Also on the hotel site would be a cookery school where students would, be taught by celebrity and international chefs, plus spa facilities and a conference room.


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