Holiday flats plan for closed hotel

The Heatherleigh Hotel pictured in 2013
The Heatherleigh Hotel pictured in 2013

A seafront hotel which has been closed for several months could have a new lease of life as holiday flats.

Developers want to convert the Heatherleigh Hotel in to 12 holiday flats and 16 normal flats and have applied to Eastbournbe Borough Council’s planing department for change of use permission.

Council planners are recommending the scheme be given the go ahead when councillors meet on Tuesday night.

A planning spokesperson said, “The site has been vacant for a significant period of time and as such has not made a contribution to the available holiday accommodation with the tourist accommodation

“The scheme proposes the reuse of a vacant hotel within the tourist accommodation zone into a mix of holiday flats and residential apartments for open sale or let.

“It is considered the proposal has satisfactorily demonstrated the hotel in its current form is redundant and unviable and the split use for/as holiday lets supported by an existing ‘parent’ hotel and open use residential accommodation is considered to be appropriate and acceptable.”

The council’s tourism officer and Eastbourne Hospitality Association believes that if Eastbourne is to prosper then there needs to be a refocus in the type and nature of the accommodation that is provided.

A decision will be made on Tuesday.

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