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News Archive > General > Resortīs worst eyesore set to disappear

Resortīs worst eyesore set to disappear

By Warren Wilkins 5th July 2017

Resortīs worst eyesore set to disappear
The new scheme for the Fistral Bay Hotel site.

NEWQUAY’S worst eyesore site finally looks set to be redeveloped despite a barrage of opposition to the scheme.

Revised plans to demolish the former Fistral Bay Hotel in Pentire Avenue and construct a five storey 74 unit apartment block and  under-croft car parking  have been recommended for approval.

Planning officer Stephen Kirby states the scheme on balance is considered to be acceptable as it delivers a high quality place and would meet housing and employment needs despite more than 130 people objecting to the plans.

Residents are opposed as they believe the building would be out of proportion to other properties in the area and would set a precedence for other sites leading to ‘over urbanisation’ of the headland.

Mr Kirby says the developer Queensbridge Homes has engaged with the wider community and sought to address a number of objections and concerns expressed. The developer previously proposed eight and six storey block of flats but withdrew the schemes after residents complained the developments would dwarf the surrounding area.

Newquay Town Council has no objection to the scheme despite there still being a large amount of local opposition and stating the height, layout and density of the building in an area of significant interest is still considered to be overbearing. 
Pentire Cornwall councillor Joanna Kenny called for the planning application to be decided at committee due to the extreme local public concern at the development and as the building is considered too high and too massive.

Mr Kirby is recommending delegated authority is granted to the service director of planning and sustainable development to approve the full planning application. Cornwall Council’s central sub area planning committee is due to make a decision on the scheme at its meeting in St Austell on Monday, July 10.

Mr Kirby said: “Redevelopment of this former hotel site is accepted in principle by many in the wider community. It is a dilapidated site and situated in an important location at the entrance to the headland.

“The revised plans for a 74 residential unit scheme and four commercial units now reduces the height, massing and scale of the development, and does demonstrate that a building that would be large scale on this prominent corner site could assimilate into this townscape and coastal setting on Pentire Headland. 
“The design and layout of the development and orientation of habitable room windows is considered to avoid significant overlooking and separation distances to existing buildings is sufficient to minimise impacts. Compared to the current building, the new scheme would be larger in scale, mass and height and located forward of the current building line of the Fistral Bay Hotel. This consequently does greater shading to properties located north west of the site opposite on Pentire Avenue, due to the orientation and scale of the building in relation to the sun path and shadow cast.

“However, the revised scheme includes some reduction in scale and massing, changes to the penthouse design and use of lighter external materials at the highest point, which makes a material difference to reducing shading over the course of the year, and is considered to create a more acceptable form of development in this context.

“The site is a sustainable brownfield location with access to a range of facilities within the town centre. The scheme also proposes commercial units that could create opportunities for further local facilities and services to be created. The submitted scheme has demonstrated that sufficient car parking would be provided for the development and includes relatively large areas for bicycle storage.

“Members will need to consider all the material planning considerations for regenerating this important corner site and weigh in the planning balance a range of competing priorities.

"Taking these factors into account, on balance it is considered that the proposal is acceptable, subject to conditions. 
“It is evident that most representations acknowledge the need for this site to be regenerated and many refer to the dilapidated nature of the current buildings and affect this having on Pentire Headland.”

Resident Nick Vose said: “While it is hard to find someone who does not wish to see the site redeveloped it is important that the right proposal is brought forward.

“As it stands the proposal, in its current form, need to be improved before it it can be considered appropriate development for one of the finest coastlines in Europe.”

By Warren Wilkins 5th July 2017

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