Hotel Owners Can Convert Staff House To Holiday Let

starboard lightThe owners of Tregarthen’s Hotel have been granted permission to alter their staff house so it can be used as a holiday let.

Planners agreed an application for changes to the 18th century building, ‘Starboard Light,’ which is alongside The Bank in St Mary’s.

In recent years the Grade II listed property has been connected to ‘Port Light’ next door.

Town Hall records show that the two addresses were originally separate dwellings and it was felt that the blocking of an internal door would reinstate that.

Plans to convert a rear extension into a toilet were also passed.

Tregarthen’s Hotel didn’t need permission to change the use of the building from workers’ accommodation to a rental property.

Back in the 1990s, planners stated their belief that Starboard Light is the oldest house outside the Garrison Walls.

And Council Chairman Amanda Martin told councillors that it is “a very interesting historical building.”

She asked members to “be sympathetic to the islands heritage” as well as to the landscape, claiming, “we don’t have many fine buildings of this period.”



14 Responses to Hotel Owners Can Convert Staff House To Holiday Let

  1. Local man March 20, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    All good news for mainland builders then

    • Just me March 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Sour grapes comes to mine why shouldn’t they bid for it

      • Local man March 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm

        No problem them bidding for it but local builders don’t get asked so yep sour grapes for that reason

        • Pete March 21, 2016 at 9:11 pm

          Have you ever asked why local builders do not get asked. So then you could possibly correct the problem and elevate the winging.

        • Just me March 22, 2016 at 6:36 am

          I wonder why !

  2. RogerP March 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    So in these premises there will be twice as many kitchens, toilets, bathrooms, washing machines etc but the old Calico Jacks premises was refused planning permission to be changed to a 1 bedroom flat because of the Mermaid sewer run. It is yet again double standards by the planners and council. We have the same double standards planning problems with UPVC glazing. Its okay for some but not for others even when the applicant is next door to other properties with UPVC.

    • lisa lone March 18, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      But ‘double the plumbing’ will only be used for half the year, duh!

      • RogerP March 19, 2016 at 6:09 am

        Many self catering properties have long term winter lets too.

      • Madana March 19, 2016 at 8:59 am

        I think you are walking a moral tightrope Lisa, what probably happened was that our gloriously inefficient council forgot, or chose to forget, about their own embargo on development that involved the sewer at that end of Hugh Town.
        Whilst I’m sure the owners would like sceptical observers to “leaveusalone” nearby properties that have been repeatedly turned down in the past will be dusting off their plans.
        Does anyone know how to say couldn’t run a whelk stall in Dutch?

        • Liz March 21, 2016 at 7:38 am

          Lisa double plumbing for half the year still means overloaded sewers for half the year which is why previous applications were turned down so its good news for them!

          • lisa lone March 21, 2016 at 10:18 pm

            Liz, you can make representations on future planning applications in writing or via the council website. Public representations must be made during the statutory consultation period to carry any weight. Unfortunately it is too late to block this one. That’s not to say future applications will go with the flow. Sewerage matters are all about consistency, which is not something the council can control.

  3. Sara Corbett March 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Where does the new owner of Tregarthens plan to accommodate his staff. Over the years all the hotels seem to have cut back on staff accommodation and they have to live somewhere. There never were enough islanders who wanted to work in the hotels even going back to the early 80s when we had staff accommodation for 10 at Bell Rock. Several of those rooms are now let as hotel rooms and I imagine it is much the same for all of the hotels. It is very short sighted.

  4. Allan Hicks March 17, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Are these the same people who claim, there is a shortage of staff accommodation and want to build a monstrosity at Branksea ?

    • Citizen Smith March 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Yep the same ones Allan. Little chance that our illustrious leaders will have joined the dots to make that connection. Whoops there goes more potential local accommodation.