Go-ahead for hotel proposals

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A FILEY Old Town eyesore is set for a new lease of life.

Scarborough Council planning chiefs have passed plans to demolish the former Crown Hotel, in Queen Street, and replace it with eight two bedroom apartments.

All of the properties will be available for renting.

The development previously brought criticism from Filey Town Council and a number of residents over its character and appearance in a conservation area.

Fears were also raised over an abundance of windows in the building, its height and the potential loss of a Victorian letterbox.

However, owners Accent Group have now been given the go-ahead after re-working the plans, which see the new building’s height matching that of the Crown Hotel.

The building will also be finished in white render, as is consistent with the hotel and roof tiles will be grey slate, with the majority reclaimed from the demolition of the hotel.

However, planning officials have attached 15 stringent conditions to the development which must be adhered to before and during the work.

They include submissions of full details of windows and external doors before work begins and a need for with archaeological work on the site.

Information on foul and surface water drainage must also be passed ahead of any redevelopment.

A report from Jill Low, Scarborough Council’s Planning Manager, said the changes would prove beneficial in improving the Old Town’s appearance.

She said: “The amended plans have a much more sympathetic feel than the initial submission.

“Ideally, retention of the hotel would have taken place, but this has proven to be impossible and what replaces it is a building that appreciate the contribution of that the Crown Hotel made to the conservation area.

“The appearance and condition of the Crown Hotel has been a source of concern for some time and whilst the loss is unfortunate, it is also unavoidable given the condition of the buildings fabric.”

David Murton, planning chairman for Filey Town Council said he was happy the changes had been made.

He added: “We are glad that the recommendations were taken on board by Scarborough Council and we are fine with it.

“It will fit into the street scene.”

Architects Dodd, Frankland and Stocks previously said the plans would be a welcome boost to the Old Town area and be a catalyst for improvement.

In a report they said: “The development aims to help the local area increase its affordable housing stock, with assessments showing a need for two and three bedroom housing across the borough.

“Due to high tourist numbers in Filey, many properties are second homes or holiday homes and the re-development of the Crown Hotel will make a significant contribution to housing.”

The building has previously been the subject of other plans designed to overhaul the area.

In 2009, Scarborough Council approved the retention of the structure and a conversion into 11 new homes and six residential units.

However, tests revealed the hotel’s brickwork was too weak to sustain the development and was a hazard to safety.