Major expansion for one of Skegness’ oldest hotels would create jobs

The proposed development to Skegness' Royal Hote. Copyright lNeil Dowlman Architecture Ltd.
The proposed development to Skegness' Royal Hote. Copyright lNeil Dowlman Architecture Ltd.

Major expansion plans are afoot for one of Skegness’ largest and oldest hotels.

The Royal Hotel, in Drummond Road, wants to add an extra 50 bedrooms and create 30 new jobs.

If given the go-ahead, the development would see the demolition of existing garage blocks.

The scheme would make the hotel one of the largest on the Lincolnshire coast, with 120 bedrooms.

According to the hotel owner Taj Bola, the new rooms will cater for the high-end spectrum of the hotel market, offering luxurious, four star plus accommodation.

Mr Bola said: “Recently, we have seen an increase in demand for rooms, particularly at the higher-end of the scale and I believe this reflects the strength of the resort coming out of the recession and its ability to attract a wide range of clientele.

“I do not see the rooms will conflict with the current offering, but offer something that is not currently extensively available and will hopefully lead the way for the resort.

“I believe the development will create 30 new jobs and if all goes well, the first phase of development can start in early 2016.”

In February, Skegness Town Council objected to the development on two grounds, according to the planning document.

The first reason was that the development created a need for more car parking space on the site, while at the same time reducing the amount of car parking available, thus creating a potential problem with parking overflowing into neighbouring streets. Secondly, the council saw the risk of flooding to the lower levels of the development as potential problem.

However, in its Flood Risk Assessment the applicants describe the site as having a ‘relatively low risk of flooding’.

Neil Dowlman Architecture Ltd, working on the development, states in the planning document: “In terms of the design rationale, the concept has been to respect the period of the existing hotel whilst masking a more recent unsightly extension built in the late 20th century.”

He added: “The result provides faithful architectural detailing and vertical emphasis proportions of the Victorian era and we are currently in negotiations with East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) planning department over matters including car parking, as there is significant parking available on the eastern side of the building which can be further increased to accommodate the increase in number of hotel rooms.”

Some neighbouring residents have raised objections, including on the grounds that the three-storey building would be ‘overbearing’, allowing guest to look directly on their property or overshadow it. There has also been a letter sent in show of support.

There is no formal date set for a planning decision.