Bognor Regis hotel could become flats

The Royal Hotel on Bognor Regis seafront could be converted into flats
The Royal Hotel on Bognor Regis seafront could be converted into flats

TEN new flats are proposed in a seafront hotel in Bognor Regis.

They are planned for the basement and ground, second and third floors of the Royal Hotel.

If permission is granted by Arun District Council, it would end the hotel as a tourism venue.

Planning agent Stephen Jupp said – in a statement with the application by Arundel Electrical – that the building on The Esplanade was no longer viable as a holiday destination.

“It is clear that this is a non-listed heritage asset – located within a prominent position within a conservation area 
and is also on the seafront – is decaying and is 
in urgent need of investment to ensure that its fabric, both internal and external, is improved,” he stated.

A report by chartered surveyor Barry Voysey showed £1.5m was needed to re-open the building as an hotel, said Mr Jupp.

“Externally, the property is noted to be in poor repair and appears to have been neglected for a number of years.

“Clearly, as an exposed seafront building, a substantive programme of annual maintenance is required to ensure the building is kept in good condition,” he stated.

“Given the neglect, major work will be required not only to secure the future of the building but also to improve its appearance to passing and destination customers.”

Roofs, windows and doors and balcony metal work are among the external items which require repair and redecoration.

The survey shows the customer areas, including the 16 guest rooms, as dated and in poor repair and decorative condition.

The proposed flats 
will be one three-bed, 
seven two-bed and two one-bed.

The hotel’s first floor became ten flats in 1988.

The latest scheme has been backed on Arun’s website by several people. Emma Kent, of Bucksham Avenue, said: “Fantastic proposal, will be very beneficial to the area.”

As reported, the hotel closed late last year.

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