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Plans in for eyesore site

By Warren Wilkins 9th August 2017

Plans in for eyesore site
The proposed design for the site of the former La Felicia Hotel

PLANS have been unveiled to develop one of Newquay’s longest standing eyesore sites, which has been derelict for more than 10 years.

A developer has submitted plans to build a four-storey high apartment block consisting of 10 two- bedroomed flats on Henver Road, which was formally occupied by the Hotel La Felicia. Some 11 standard parking spaces would be provided.

But Newquay Town Council’s planning committee unanimously opposed the scheme at its meeting on Monday as members felt the building would be out of character with the street scene.

Councillors stated the four-storey development would not fit in with the established two-storey residential houses in the area, despite plans being given the go-ahead to build a four-storey apartment development at the adjacent Brook House Inn site, which comprises 28 flats. Cornwall Council is due to have the final say on the plans.

Cllr Paul Summers said: “It would be four-storey apartments opposite two-storey established houses. I think a four-storey massing would be excessive. The scheme is not in keeping with the rest of the street scene and the residents would be looking straight into the school play area at Tretherras.”

Cllr Sandy Carter added: “I’m not happy with the height of the development at all. The development will not be in keeping with the surrounding area.”

The site previously comprised the hotel, which was demolished following planning approval for the erection of 24 flats. The planning permission was subsequently extended in 2013 but has now expired.

Cornovia Homes, which is behind the plans, believes the development will help in the regeneration of Newquay.

A spokesman said: “The apartments are set over three storeys and three apartments per floor with a standalone ‘penthouse’ style apartment creating the fourth storey.

“Painted render, self-coloured boarding and panels of natural timber have been specified and these low maintenance materials will aid the ongoing appearance of the building. Vehicular and pedestrian access will be directly off Henver Road.

“The site until recently had a planning approval in place. This improved application is significantly smaller in scale and number of apartments and is more suitable for its domestic environment.

“The proposed development will make use of a vacant site and continue the regeneration of Newquay as a whole.

“The site is in a sustainable location and appropriate for residential use. The development will make full use of this site which has been derelict for around 10 years. If planning permission is granted it is the applicant’s intention to start work immediately.”

By Warren Wilkins 9th August 2017

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