Premier Inn withdraw plans for Aberystwyth seafront hotel

PLANS to convert the derelict former Bay Hotel on the seafront into a 63-bedroom Premier Inn have been put on hold in the wake of the recent heavy storms that have battered the promenade.

Premier_Inn_logoDeveloper Opus North have withdrawn the planning application to convert the former Bay Hotel into a Premier Inn, saying that they wanted to “take stock” of the situation. The plans to convert and extend the building, and provide 40 car parking spaces in the Bath Street car park at the rear of the building, had been recommended for approval subject to a flood risk assessment from Natural Resources Wales. Despite NRW saying it did not object to the application, planning officer Richard Duggan told councillors at a planning meeting last week that the developers had decided to withdrawn the application.

The Mayor of Aberystwyth, Wendy Morris-Twiddy, said if there was a decision not to press ahead it would be a “loss” to Aberystwyth: “I hope that there will be further investigation into the viability of the development, and that it proves that it’s a good investment for the town.”

An Opus North spokesperson has said that: “We decided to withdraw the planning application for now because we wanted to take stock of the situation and ensure we can reincorporate the design to prevent flooding. We intend to resubmit the application within the next two months.”

The Yorkshire-based company, which intends to buy the building from Ceredigion Council if the plans are approved, said that it needed more time to fully assess the impact of storms on the building and on its future plans for it.

Nick Johnston, acquisitions manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants which incorporates the Premier Inn chain, said the new development would create 25 jobs, stating that: “We anticipate the new application will be submitted in the spring and, if approved, hope to open to our guests early next year.”

The former Bay Hotel has been boarded up since 2009.