A FLAGSHIP holiday apartment business and a hotel in Torquay’s “golden mile” are to convert part of their properties into permanent residential.
The five star Corbyn Apartments on Torbay Road at Livermead and the County Hotel in Belgrave Road have been given the go ahead for the changes by Torbay planners.
Both are in protected holiday accommodation areas, the County Hotel in the council’s core protected area and the serviced Corbyn Apartments in an area where some change to residential is considered acceptable.
Planning consultant John Eaton said the Corbyn Apartments, run by the family which owns Brights of Nettlebed, was making a loss. The market had changed since they opened in 1993. “It is no longer possible to achieve the necessary levels of occupancy. In the last three years they have been occupied by holidaymakers about one week every five.”
Planners agreed six of the eight south facing apartments could be sold with the remaining eleven remaining in one ownership and those used for holiday letting could be residential during the winter months.
Planning officer Peter Roberts said it was a purpose built complex, well maintained and well run. “It’s struggling and the applicants say it is not sustainable. Part of the negotiations was to retain this as a bona fide holiday business in one ownership. They want them to remain as serviced apartments but want to release capital in order to make the business successful.”
The application was to change the 24 bed County Hotel into eight holiday apartments and two residential flats. Mr Roberts said the eight holiday flats would remain in one ownership with the two residential apartments sold off. Some improvements would be made to the appearance of the building.