New owners of Sandilands hotel plan to demolish and rebuild to save costs

The new owners of a hotel in Sandilands are opting to demolish the property and rebuild a new hotel, spa, retail space and housing in a bid to make the site profitable again.

Tim Cross and business partner Deborah Brown took over The Grange and Links Hotel last year and have now submitted plans to East Lindsey District Council for a new £8.5m complex to be built, which would see the 100-year old building knocked down and replaced.

As part of the proposed plans, a new £4.5m with 20 bedrooms, a function room, café / bistro and a spa with swimming pool would be created.

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A retail unit would be created adjacent to the hotel and a shop, post office and new business space could be accommodated on the ground floor.

There would also be room for 12 holiday lets, the sale of which would be key in funding the development of the new hotel.

The scheme comes a year after a previous owner submitted an application for a £3m expansion and renovation of the original hotel, which was rejected by the district council’s planning committee following strong opposition from residents in the area.

As part of the sale agreement of the hotel, Cross and Brown confirmed they have already lodged an appeal against that rejection.

The plans will be put to a committee in July and if given the go ahead, would take around 12-18 months to complete.

Cross told the Louth Leader: “Our initial idea was to renovate the old hotel but we soon realised it would be cheaper in the long run to completely flatten it and start afresh.

“We want to build a destination hotel that will bring people in from far and wide.

“If passed (planning permission), it would be an amazing establishment for Sandilands and bring extra employment into the area.”

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