Babbacombe Lodge in Bournemouth could be demolished

A hotel in BOURNEMOUTH could be demolished and replaced by 24 apartments and 6 vacation rentals.

Harlequin Homes applied to the BCP Council for permission to demolish the Babbacombe Lodge at West Hill Road, a building that was first constructed at the end of the 19th century.

A design and access statement from Pure Town Planning said: “The proposal is for the demolition of the existing hotel and the construction of a mixed-use development comprising 24 apartments and six vacation rentals with associated access and parking.

“The residential use proposed for this site is quite appropriate, due to the excellent location in Bournemouth town center and the proximity to local facilities and services, schools, leisure facilities, beaches and transports.

“The layout of the proposed development has been carefully considered and the location of the new building has been primarily designed to work with the existing development pattern along West Hill Road and the surrounding historical context.

“The proposal constitutes an architectural design that would make a positive contribution to the built environment, fitting well into the development model established in the locality.

“Through the use of a traditional design and the inclusion of many period features, such as bay windows, stone lintels and decorative bricks, the proposal would improve the quality of the cityscape.”

Speaking of the existing hotel, the app said its main users are language school students and does not offer catering or leisure services.

It has a minimum booking duration of two weeks, with prices starting at £ 120 per room per week.

The statement added: “The existing building offers poor quality accommodation, which is not available / unsuitable for most tourists visiting the city due to the poor service offering and the minimum booking time.

“There is a need to continually facilitate accommodation upgrades to reflect current expectations and to maintain Bournemouth’s offering as a high quality destination which offers an appropriate range of accommodation and positively contributes to the vision of the tourism strategy of creating a “world-class experience”.

“In this case, the proposal would provide six self-contained vacation rentals as part of the mixed-use development. Taking into account the accommodation that could be provided by folding sofa beds, the arrangement would offer up to 25 bed places for passing tourists. This is a net gain of five places compared to existing use.

“This is an adapted site in the city center, where it meets an identified need for housing to meet local needs. The development would also maintain and improve the tourism function of the region and the local community by providing high quality holiday apartments as part of the development.

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