HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds of “compensation” will be paid out to compensate for damage to environmentally sensitive areas of Poole if major plans for the redevelopment of three Sandbanks hotels are approved.
Richard Carr’s plans for the replacement of the Sandbanks Hotel include a new 171-room hotel, the replacement of the Haven Hotel with three residential apartment blocks, and the construction of a 38-suite ‘aparthotel’ on the Harbor Heights hotel website.
Mr Carr said he expects the proposals, first submitted in 2017, to finally go to the planning committee in January.
However, among one of the hundreds of responses to the disputed plans, Richard Brown of Dorset Area of ââOutstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) said compensation should be paid because of the potential damage to sensitive places like Shell Bay. and Brownsea Island.
The group asked for Â£ 100,000 to be paid from the start of the development of the Haven Hotel, and Â£ 10,000 per year for 80 years, from the occupancy of the first apartment.
Mr Carr told the Daily Echo he agreed with the compensation and was “happy to contribute.”
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He said: âThe money will go to good causes, it will be used to replant a lot of pines on the peninsula and we are happy to pay it.
âPart of the rationale for the development is that it is an improvement for the environment and the environment.
âThe carbon footprint will be reduced by 50% and if this development continues, it will reduce the amount of tarmac. We are happy to contribute to a program that will be good for the environment. ”
He added, âI would suggest why the Borough wouldn’t want to have two brand new, state-of-the-art hotels?
âWhy wouldn’t people who visit here want two state-of-the-art hotels?
“Why would the local community not want to have new equipment, what is the credible reason why this is not happening?
âUltimately this is a Â£ 200million investment in the tourism industry. ”
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Mr Carr said the hotel arrangements would be increased if the development was approved and that would help ‘build back better’.
However, David Morley of the Sandbanks Community Group, which campaigned against the plans, said changing the Haven from hotel to apartment “would tear the heart out of Sandbanks.”
He said: “We don’t think the Haven site should have a change in use of a hotel, there has been a hotel there for 160 years, losing a hotel would be a 100 year mistake. .
“It’s the most unique place for many miles and it’s a place the public should be able to enjoy, if you take that out, you rip out the heart of Sandbanks.”
NHS Dorset said funding would be needed to help it manage additional patients.
He said the new units at the Haven Hotel site would create 285 new potential patients and Â£ 13,993 would be needed for the development of the Haven Hotel for the new clinical rooms needed to handle the increase.