A planning application to demolish the former Savoy Hotel in Sandown and replace it with 19 flats has been given the green light by the Isle of Wight council this week.
However, as well as the usual landscaping and materials approvals needed before work starts, the planning consent for the development insists that demolition works (excluding the air raid shelter) must commence within four months of the date of the decision (13th January).
The planning consent reads,
Demolition works shall only be undertaken in accordance with a strategy/methodology which shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval at least 1 month prior to the demolition works commencing. The strategy/methodology shall include (but not be limited to) a timetable for the completion of the demolition works, a method of demolition (including the removal of the basement) and details of how the site will be ‘made good’ and the type, height, position and appearance of hoarding which shall be erected on site, prior to the commencement of construction works on the replacement building. The agreed details shall be adhered to and the agreed hoarding retained for the entire period between demolition and substantial completion of construction works.
Large fire destroys building
The former hotel – which was subject to an incredibly large fire back in December 2011 – had already dubbed an eyesore after it was left to deteriorate over many years.
Police said there was no sign of foul-play following an investigation later that month.
The demolition condition is just one of many steps the Isle of Wight council are taking to make sure that derelict buildings are not left to become eyesores, but developed to enhance an area and provide much-needed housing for the 4,500 on the Housing Register.
Full details can be found on the council’s Website