The plan to turn a Hampshire hotel into apartments has been given the green light – despite several objections to the project.

The Four Seasons Hotel in Hamilton Road, Hythe, is a B&B whose guests include contract workers from the nearby Fawley Refinery.

Coley Capital Ltd has obtained a building permit to convert the three-story building into six self-catering apartments.

Hythe and Dibden Parish Council had urged New Forest District Council to deny the request.

In a letter to the authority, he said: “The (planning) committee is concerned about the loss of a local workplace and one of the few accommodation sites for visitors in the parish. ”

The letter stated that the Four Seasons was hampered by its “non-central” location in the village.

But he added: “It is still a notable loss for local tourism requirements and we are concerned about its change in use for this reason.

“In addition, local residents have raised concerns about the provision of parking and safe accessibility inside and outside the site. ”

But the proposed conversion was approved, subject to conditions.

A report to the advisers said: “It is understood that the hotel operated as a B&B for a number of years, but tourism has not proven to be economically viable, which has led the owners to cut back on this business. in favor of longer term rentals of rooms to contracted employees in the region.

“It is also understood that the establishment has been marketed for sale as a B&B without any interest.

“The proposed conversion and change of use mainly involves internal modifications, with very limited modifications to the exterior of the building.

“The site is located in a predominantly residential area. The proposed use of the building in six apartments is considered appropriate and compatible.

“During the request, amended plans were received which increased the number of on-site parking spaces from seven to nine spaces.

“The proposed development provides an acceptable level of parking for cars and bicycles.”

The request was accompanied by a letter from Planning Officer Bob Hull, representing Coley Capital.

He said: “In recent years the typical bed and breakfast business has declined and profits have fallen to just £ 15,000 in 2018.

“The location is not particularly attractive to clients and potential visitors compared to similar establishments in the New Forest itself. ”


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