Pub Redevelopment and New Hotel Success in Sidmouth

10th January 2018
By Louisa Slator

Boyer’s Cardiff office achieved a unanimous approval at Planning Committee yesterday for a new 33 bed two storey hotel and reconfiguration of the existing public house at the Cat and Fiddle Inn in Sidmouth, near Exeter.

This was a fantastic result as initial pre-application advice received from the LPA by the applicant, St Austell’s Brewery, stated that Planning Officers would be unlikely to support the development of a hotel at the site due to it representing a departure from the policies of the Development Plan, as well as technical issues including flooding and highways considerations being raised as potential concerns. It was at this point that St Austell’s Brewery sought the input of Boyer on the scheme.

Working closely with our Development Economics team, Boyer was able to successfully put forward the economic benefits of the scheme to the LPA by demonstrating that it would offer an alternative to existing tourism accommodation within Exeter, as well as providing local employment and training opportunities. These economic benefits were recognised by Council Members, and were a significant factor in the overall success of the project.

During Boyer’s involvement with the scheme, extensive consultation with the local community was also undertaken by the client and facilitated by Boyer, ensuring that local residents and stakeholders were fully involved with the proposal and had input into its final submission form. As a result of this, the Chairman of the committee praised the applicant for working so closely with the community.

Given the initial negative feedback that the proposal had received from the LPA and its departure from the policies of the Development Plan, the unanimous decision to grant planning permission by members at Committee was a positive outcome for the client.

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