THE Pavilion luxury hotel and apartment scheme could pump millions of pounds into the Torquay economy, it has been claimed.
The developer behind the scheme is still pushing ahead with the proposals to create a new hotel and apartments and new car park on the harbourside and renew and refurbish the crumbling Pavilion as the public rooms.
The Nicolas James Hotel Group has estimated the scheme would create 200 jobs directly and could pump £4million a year into the local economy, David White, from Torbay Development Agency, told Torbay Neighbourhood Plan Forum.
The developer also estimates it could also contribute £5million a year to the economy indirectly, for example through visitor spend and suppliers to the 65-bedroom hotel and 45 luxury apartments.
It would also create construction jobs.
Mr White said it had been decided not to pursue building on Cary Green but there was a possibility part of it could be used for hotel car parking.
He said the Grade II-listed Pavilion, which is now closed, will cost millions of pounds to repair because water is getting inside the fabric and rotting out steel supports.
The next step is to carry out a detailed condition survey of what was one of the first steel frame buildings in the country.
It was leased to Marina Developments Limited in 1985.
Mr White said: "The question is who is responsible for renewing or repairing the building. Is it repair or is it renewal?
"We could pay solicitors and barristers tens of thousands of pounds and still not get a definite answer. We say it's their problem, they say it is ours.
"Unfortunately, the law has moved on since the lease was drawn up and this is a big grey area.
"We do know that the cost of repair is going to be several million pounds and it needs continuous maintenance, a bit like the Forth Bridge."
The Nicolas James Group proposed to work with MDL but no design had yet been agreed and it will go out to public consultation, he told the meeting at the Riviera International Conference Centre.