Guesthouse Granted Planning For Staff Flat

Santa Maria Guesthouse in Sallyport

The owners of the Santa Maria Guesthouse have been granted permission to build a second story extension on top of the porch to the side of the building.

They pulled their original application in February after Craig Dryden recommended refusal.

Now, following amendments, he has backed the proposal say it wasn’t a sizeable development and that neighbours of other properties on Sallyport don’t object.

Councillors heard that the owners, the Chestermans, have taken the property off the market to show their commitment to the work.

They want to retire and having undertaken research a few years ago found that self catering

accommodation is the sector most in demand.

They need to have accommodation for a member of staff who will look after the self catering units all year round and that’s why they put in this request.

Permission has already been given to change the property to 5 self catering units, from the original B&B accommodating 17.

The studio accommodation for a manager is required before the conversion work starts and will remain tied to the accommodation business and can’t be sold separately.

Councillor Christine Savill said the local planning guidelines included provision for creating staff accommodation for businesses as long as the owners also stayed on site.

However, Councillor Gaz O’Neil warned about the gradual increase in size of some properties, a concern shared by Councillor Amanda Martin, who said some islands’ properties have expanded over the years through a series of planing approvals.