Demolition plan for town’s hotel

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A FILEY Old Town eyesore could be razed to the ground under new affordable housing plans.

The Crown Hotel, in Queen Street, would be demolished in the new proposals and replaced by eight two bedroom apartments.

All of the properties would be available for renting.

A previous plan authorised by Scarborough Council in 2009 approved the retention of the building and a subsequent conversion into 11 new homes and six residential units.

However, structural tests revealed weaknesses in the hotel’s brickwork rendering a blow to the original proposals and owners Accent Group have now applied for the new plans.

The plans have been submitted by architects Dodd, Frankland and Stocks, who said they would improve the Old Town appearance and increase Filey’s affordable housing levels.

And they also revealed Filey Town Council would be involved in establishing the letting criteria of the properties.

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

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

“Structural tests have proven the existing structure is unstable and a hazard to the public and the rebuild will closely follow many of the original features of the building and its facade in Queen Street.”

The plan describes “traditional leadwork, wood core rolls, painted timber joinery and slate roof tiles” as being intrinsic to any new build to suit the existing look of the area.

It added the new building would stand at the same height as the existing Crown Hotel, though its roof pitch would increase slightly to include a fourth floor.