Plan to change ‘Fawlty Towers’ hotel into flats

The Heatherleigh Hotel, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, now closed and under refurbishment. March 14th 2013 E11143P ENGSUS00120130314090223
The Heatherleigh Hotel, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, now closed and under refurbishment. March 14th 2013 E11143P ENGSUS00120130314090223

A planning application has been submitted to change a disused hotel into a number of holiday and residential flats.

The Heatherleigh Hotel, on Royal Parade, closed in 2011 in the midst of controversy. The venue was dubbed ‘Fawlty Towers’ by guests and was taken to court by a former employee who was not paid and by the council after tiles fell off the roof.

In 2013, scaffolding was put up around the hotel and renovation work began to take place, replacing all the windows with double-glazing, among other improvements. It was understood the site was under new management and was planning to reopen as an upgraded hotel.

However, the work came to a halt a short while later and the building remained empty.

Now, though, a planning application has been submitted to Eastbourne Borough Council for a change of use of the building. The proposed development would see the site change from a redundant hotel into 12 holiday flats and 16 residential flats, including demolition of four rear garages.

The plans propose alterations be made to the three remaining garages to form secure cycle storage and refuse storage, together with the formation of parking spaces. The application also includes the removal of the front sun lounge.

The application was submitted to the council on December 5, 2014 and is still in the planning phase. A decision date for the application has not yet been set by the planning office.

The Heatherleigh Hotel is situated opposite the Redoubt Fortress and a short walk away from Treasure Island, Fort Fun and Princes Park.