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Hotel plans major expansion

By Warren Wilkins 25th October 2017

Hotel plans major expansion
A computer generated image of the proposed development.

A top hotel at Watergate Bay is proposing a major expansion scheme.

The Watergate Bay Hotel  proposes to demolish the lifeguard station and erect a new facility, a premises for Watergate Bay Surf Life Saving Club and a restaurant, which will be known as the Crab Shack.

A similar proposal was previously submitted to Cornwall Council, but withdrawn in April 2017 following concerns expressed by the Environment Agency. The Watergate Bay Hotel decided to explore the matters raised in detail before submitting a revised application having addressed the concerns.

Heynes Planning Ltd, on behalf of the Watergate Bay Hotel, said: “The proposed site sits between the sea wall and the line of the cliffs.

“It is a steep part of the site and very exposed to all weather conditions.

“ It also benefits from elevated uninterrupted views of the beach, sea and coastline from Watergate Bay to Newquay to the south.

“There are two timber sheds located on top of the sea wall, occupied by the RNLI. These structures are not likely to be robust enough to continue to endure the often inclement weather conditions in this location.

“The proposals, in summary, involve the erection of a split level building that incorporates three key elements.

“The lower part of the structure is for the use of the RNLI and Watergate Bay Surf Life Saving Club. The building is located in this position to maximise the views from the RNLI observation room, which abuts the sea wall, with windows along the west elevation and in the cranked wall to the south.

“The building line is shifted north of the existing RNLI shed, giving the RNLI a larger terrace space for observation, public interaction and storage of life-saving equipment, as well as opening up the views to the beach from the lane.

“The surf life saving club is also located at this level. This space includes a shower and a multi-function space, including storage and changing.

“The third, at the upper level, is a restaurant to be known as the Crab Shack that will expand the offer currently provided by the hotel.

“The proposals are considered acceptable having regard to relevant planning considerations including the content of the development plan, emerging planning policy at both a local and national level including, importantly, guidance contained within the national planning policy framework.

“The proposals, in our view, will achieve the Government’s objectives of planning for growth and creating sustainable patterns of development and, therefore, planning permission should be granted.”   

By Warren Wilkins 25th October 2017

Paul Holden 7th November 2017 21:49
I know it´s progress but I miss the 1980s when all there was at Watergate was a shack selling hot chocolates and pasties and a surfboard/wetsuit hire container next door.
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