Hotel to be demolished for houses

ONE of the most prominent buildings to have stood on the West Cliff for 80 years is set to be demolished to make way for a housing development.

The Mulgrave Estate has applied for planning permission to knock down the Moorlands Hotel on the North Promenade, which has been shut for over a year, and build 12 houses.

The application, submitted to Scarborough Borough Council, asks for eight, three bedroomed houses and four ‘affordable’ homes, one which will be three bedroomed and three that will have two bedrooms.

They will be built in a crescent shape, in a similar style to the town houses on Royal Crescent, overlooking the sea and the ten car parking spaces and four garages will be situated to the rear of the development.

Reaction at a public consultation held at the end of last month was mixed.

About 60 people turned up and of the 13 people that completed surveys some were concerned the development would attract drug users and single mothers and block the views.

Some said they would have preferred a hotel while others said houses would be in-keeping with the area and it wasn’t an overdevelopment.

The Moorlands Hotel was built around 80 years ago and has had a series of extensions and alterations since then making it a 30 bed hotel.

But documents prepared on behalf of the Mulgrave Estate say it was more like a hostel than a hotel because non of the rooms were en-suite and it closed because of the amount of money needed to bring it up to modern day standards.

It also suggests the use of a hotel, even though it is defined as such under the 1999 Local plan, isn’t justified because it is situated a 20 to 30 minute walk from town, it is remote from attractions, is surrounded by domestic properties and the fact there are only three hotel and guest houses on North Promenade undermines the holiday designation.

A statement submitted with the planning application said: “The proposed development would represent a significant improvement in the visual quality of the site and enhance the whole appearance of this gateway location.”