Torquay hotel car park plan set for go-ahead
A PROPOSAL for a Torquay hotel to use public land to build car parking spaces for its guests is likely to be approved four months after being originally turned down.
The Headland Hotel wants to create 20 car parking spaces on Daddyhole Plain in a bid to attract more coach parties.
The scheme would involve the excavation of an area of public land to create the parking facilities which will then allow the hotel to reorganise its coach-turning area.
Torbay planners refused a first application in November because of a lack of concrete Section 106 agreement conditions which were not as watertight as they ought to be and because more should be done by the hotel to engage with the authority and guarantee that no loss of public amenity is incurred. However, following extended negotiations with Torbay Council and the South West Coast Path, which supports the scheme, planning officers are recommending that the development is approved.
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In her report to the planning committee, Ruth Robinson said: "Members were asked at the November meeting for a 'steer' on the scheme as officers felt there might be some merit in the proposal if it demonstrably underpins the future viability of the hotel, delivers an adequate and appropriate mitigation strategy to upgrade the coastpath network and the quality of adjacent 'higher value' landscape on the headland, and delivers replacement public parking and achieves some resolution of the ongoing problems of coaches reversing down Daddyhole Road.
"An acceptable package has now been negotiated."
The hotel has again received the support of the South West Coast Path team which said the hotel would also spend money on revamping walking facilities.
The scheme is also supported by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust and Torbay Civic Society.
Altogether the Headland Hotel is to spend £20,000 on revamping the coast path facilities and compensate for the erosion of landscape.