An bid to redevelop Royal Norfork Mews has been rejected at appeal.
Herongate Homes had proposed to build four new dwellings (a terrace of three and a detached dwelling), associated car parking for eight cars and landscaping.
This was refused by Arun District Council in November 2015, and the appeal has just been dismissed by The Planning Inspectorate (dated October 16).
Councillor Jim Brooks called it ‘welcome news, especially after the ‘loss’ of The Royal Hotel’ on our seafront to developers’.
He said: “Whilst I appreciate the planned houses were sympathetically designed, building them would have diminished our iconic Royal Norfolk Hotel and the conservation area it’s in.
“It’s good to know the old tennis court area will not be built on, but we do now please need to tidy it up and make it a fitting complement to our splendid Royal Norfolk Hotel.”
Reasons for the referral, cited in the report, included ‘the failure of the proposal to make a contribution towards affordable housing’.
It also listed the main issues as: “The effect on the setting of the hotel and the character and appearance of the Steyne and Waterloo Square Conservation Area; The effect on the Pagham Harbour Special Protection Area; and whether it would provide adequate levels of privacy for future occupants and hotel guests.”