Co-op reveals proposal for popular hotel in Pagham

FORMAL plans have been submitted to turn a Pagham hotel into a store.

The Co-operative Group wants to open a convenience store on the ground floor of the King’s Beach Hotel.

The retailer proposes to install a front entrance ramp and an ATM as well as make minor external alterations such as a new entrance door.

It has submitted a planning application for the site on The Parade to Arun District Council.

Jonathan Furnell, the Co-op’s planning agent, said in a statement with the application opening the intended store was in keeping with its ethical stance. “The Co-operative Group are very much a community business with a presence in every postal area in the UK.”

Regulars at the hotel, as reported, have launched a campaign to save it as a community asset because it is the only pub in the southern half of Pagham.

The hotel, with 11 bedrooms, was built in the 1930s and is supposed to have been named after King George V’s stay at nearby Craigweil in 1929 and the fact he went bathing in the area.

The existing hotel lobby will be kept as an entrance to the rooms on the building’s first and second floors.

The rest of the ground floor will become the store with a 368sqm sales area in front and admin space at the rear. No change is proposed to the existing building but the forecourt will be altered to provide 18 parking spaces for the shop.

A further 11 spaces will be created for the accommodation on the upper floors. These will be kept by the landlord, Fuller’s Brewery, and subject to a further planning application.

Opening hours at the proposed shop will be 7am-11pm daily.

The Co-op has an existing shop four doors away on The Parade.