Tregarthen’s Planning Application On Hold Until Spring

tregarthens plans Aug 2015_1Proposals for an ambitious £5 million redevelopment of Tregarthen’s Hotel, which were meant to be debated by Council Planners next month, have been put on hold until spring.

The hotel’s new owner, Hampshire-based entrepreneur Nigel Wolstenholme announced his scheme, which includes the addition of ten mainly two-storey self-catering units, back in August.

It is a 5-year redevelopment plan, which aims to attract a more upmarket clientele to the islands’ oldest hotel, extend the season and potentially double the workforce to 50 staff.

But the appearance and scale of the development has resulted in planners receiving written opposition.

And statutory heritage watchdog Historic England says “the level of harm” caused to the surrounding historic area would be “substantial.”

They believe the Council should refuse permission, as the plans are “contrary to national planning policy.”

The agency has made suggestions on how the design could be amended.

Some changes include ensuring that new buildings in the hotel garden area do not obscure the view of the Garrison wall.

Historic England also feel that the addition of two turreted cottages either side of the entrance walkway from Garrison Hill would be out of context.

They have requested artist impressions of the proposed scheme from different locations, including Harry’s Walls and Juliet’s Garden.

Archaeological surveys must be carried out, too.

Nigel Wolstenholme chose to delay the application. If the altered plans are approved, then work won’t start until the end of next season, which he says is “disappointing.”

But Nigel accepts the feedback as part of the planning process and says that the comments are helpful.

The proposals will now go before planners on March 3rd.