Boutique hotel plans in Devon aim for second time success

Plans for a £3m boutique hotel in Devon have been submitted to councillors for the second time, after being rejected first time around.

Last month, Alan Smith of Westward Living Ltd, resubmitted the application for a four-star 15-bedroom boutique hotel, complete with a 50-cover restaurant on its top floor.

In January the original proposal was dismissed by Torridge District Council, who refused the application for the hotel.

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Councillors believed that the village needed a hotel – but they agreed with members of the public that the development should not be in that spot, overlooking the sea.

In a contending statement to this opposition, Smith said that the committee should understand that to build a four-star hotel is a big commercial gamble.

"Unless the unique selling proposition is excellent and the initial land cost is minimal, a hotel is not viable," he said.

"In this case the unique selling proposition is that it is in the centre of an up and coming resort with the majority of the bedrooms having excellent sea views."

Councillors will discuss the application at a full planning committee meeting on Thursday morning.



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