Another Guesthouse To Convert To Self-Catering

Lyonesse Guesthouse

Another St Mary’s guesthouse is to be allowed to convert to self-catering units.

Five rental flats and an owner’s flat can be formed from the Lyonesse guesthouse on the Lower Strand.

It currently operates as a twelve bedroom B&B.

All members attending the planning meeting voted in favour of the application but David Pearson said it was a “substantial development” and he was concerned that catering businesses are being lost within the town.

There’s been a noticeable shift towards more flexible accommodation in the last two years but Dudley Mumford warned that it Councillors rejected the application they could faced an appeal.

Planning consent was recently granted to allow Santa Maria on Sallyport to make a similar transition to self-catering.

In winter 2009/10, Trelawney followed a similar conversion.

Tresco’s Island Hotel closed in October last year and will reopen this May with the majority of accommodation providing cooking facilities.

Christine Savill, who chairs the Council tourism board, said self-catering is where the demand is and Chief Planning Officer, Craig Dryden added that the Blue Sail tourism consultants report had suggested a need to improve quality and diversity and that self-catering was a growth area.

Craig recommended approval because the removal of the single-storey lobby extension at the back would improve the appearance of the Grade II listed Georgian building.

Wooden sash windows would replace some UPVC units and general improvements to fascias would also enhance a building described by Amanda Martin as “very important.”

Conditions were passed to stop the units being sold on the open market.

The owners won’t be allowed to rent the flats to any one person for more than 28 days and the owner’s flat can’t be sublet.