THIS is the new design for a boutique hotel in Croyde, inspired by a pebble found on the village beach.
Architect Guy Greenfield found the stone and modelled the hotel on its shape.
The new plans were revealed at a preliminary consultation in Croyde Village Hall on Saturday. (February 25)
“An interesting and clever design” was a common reaction from the 45 people who attended the consultation.
But despite admiring the look most said they didn’t think it was any better for the village than the plan submitted to North Devon Council last year.
The previous plan angered many people in Croyde and the surrounding area. One farmer even cut the words No Hotel into the hillside at Baggy Point, near the site of the proposed hotel on Moor Lane.
The new plans show a hotel which is two-thirds the size of the first plan. The number of bedrooms has gone from 32 to 18. The style has been changed to adhere to the Environment Agency’s concerns over the site’s risk to flooding. In principle the Environment Agency has approved the latest plan.
The architect behind the hotel Guy Greenfield (corr) said this design is more like the shape of the first design he created for the site in 2008.
He was then told to make the structure fit the contours of the hillside behind the site which led to the design seen last year.
Mr Greenfield said: “The trouble is these kinds of applications will always be contentious.
“Even a doctor’s surgery I designed in Dulverton saw opposition but three years later everyone is very complimentary. It is the idea of contrast and the reaction to the style.”
The architect is designing the hotel on behalf of the hotel group, Newfield Wren Hotels LLP, which he is a member of.
He said in the new design there are more family rooms and 27 underground parking spaces, as well as seven externally and a turning circle.
It is believed there will be 25 jobs created and those behind the application hope the positions will be filled by locals.
But Phil Hall, who is part of a group opposed to the hotel, said: “It has not addressed the fundamental issues – access and disruption.
“I have been told it will take two years to build. It will be a maintenance nightmare and they won’t want to spend the money on it once it is complete.”
A builder who has lived in Croyde all his life, but wished to remain anonymous, aired his concerns about the slates being used to clad the newly designed structure.
They said: “There could be a real danger with the high winds we get of the slates becoming loose.”
Another resident who has lived in Croyde for 20 years and also wished to remain anonymous said: “Even visitors haven’t been impressed by previous plans.
“It used to be a surf lodge and we want the rooms to remain the same. A lot of the people coming to Croyde won’t be able to afford this. It would be better in Westward Ho!”
Mr Greenfield hopes to submit the application to North Devon Council at the end of March.
He hopes it will go before the planning committee at the end of June or beginning of July, once a formal consultation process has taken place.
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