The Greatstone Hotel, next to the grade two-listed Gorse Park entrance on Chester Road, could be demolished to make way for 69 apartments, under outline plans submitted by the hotel’s owner Dowd & Company.
The hotel has been operating since the 1960s but the owners believe it is no longer a viable venture due to a lack of modern facilities and the arrival of alternative operators such as Airbnb and other budget or boutique hotels, according to the planning statement.
Dowd & Company has therefore lodged outline plans for an L-shaped residential block comprising six-storeys and a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments. There will be one three-bedroom flat on the top floor of the block, which has been designed by Pozzoni Architecture.
At present, the site houses two Victorian-style villas – one is currently used as the hotel and the other as a family annexe. A total of seven of the proposed apartments will be designated as affordable.
Savills is the planning consultant for the project and SCP Transport is the transport consultant.
Heritage consultant Williams Conservation Surveying carried out an assessment of the surrounding area as a statutory requirement as the development site is located close to three grade two-listed buildings and other structures.