Councilors back 84-room hotel on Bridlington golf course but call for coastal heritage protection
Plans for an 84-bedroom hotel on a Bridlington golf course have been backed by councilors on the condition that enough is done to avoid harm to a surrounding heritage area.
The East Riding Council Planning Committee backed plans for the hotel, at Links Golf Course in Flamborough Road, Sewerby, in principle at a meeting yesterday (Thursday April 28). But councilors have called for plans to come back to ensure enough is done to prevent the area’s heritage coastline from being damaged, including with landscaping such as tree planting.
Committee chairman Cllr Leo Hammond told LDRS after the meeting that councilors supported the hotel to boost local tourism, but they wanted the plans to work for locals. It comes as three objections have been lodged against the plans, over fears it will attract too many tourists to the area and the hotel will be too big.
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The Bridlington Civic Society said in its objection that the needs of tourism had to be weighed against the deteriorating reasons to attract holidaymakers. The company added that it was concerned the hotel was continuing a worrying trend in caravan parks, leisure sites and other tourist destinations on the Flamborough Heritage Coast.
Plans from Pure Leisure Group, owners of the golf course, indicated that the hotel had been designed to be unobtrusive, including keeping its height at one and a half storeys. The applicants said its height and design would make it less prominent than some of the former Danes Dyke Farm buildings that stood on the proposed site.
The plans also said it filled a shortfall of 60 hotel rooms that the Council had identified in a recent study of tourist accommodation. The hotel is designed to accommodate visitors to the golf course as well as weddings and other receptions in its club house.
Plans indicated that it had been designed to provide the best possible views of the surrounding golf course and coastline. They include 95 parking spaces for the hotel which is about eight minutes from Bridlington station by car and 15 minutes by bike.
Cllr Hammond said the committee’s decision was to ensure enough protections would be included in future reserve plans which deal with design and landscaping. Councilors backed the overall plans yesterday, meaning they support building a hotel on the site in principle, subject to the claimant providing more details.
The committee chairman said: “Councillors want to make sure the landscaping around the building and the design itself is correct before they sign the plans. The committee members were happy with the plans in principle, but we don’t do not want the heritage coast to be damaged, the design and landscaping must be perfect.
“At the end of the day, if the plans don’t suit us, we can refuse them.”