Hotel wrecked by surprise fire gets planning – if it’s quickly demolished

A condition attached to the planning consent for development at the former Savoy Hotel in Sandown insists demolition must take place within four months.

Savoy Hotel

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

Thursday, 15th January, 2015 1:56pm



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5 Comments on "Hotel wrecked by surprise fire gets planning – if it’s quickly demolished"

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It should never have been allowed to fall into disrepair, absolute disgrace. Another beautiful building gone.


Disgusting, it’s such a beautiful building.

Mark Francis
It was a beautiful building (although the Grand Hotel was better. Now people come on holiday to Sandown & they must think a remake of the Battle of Stalingrad is in progress. At least something will be sorted & places for people to live has got toi be good. Air raid shelter – cool. You never know when you might need one of those. Anyway it is… Read more »

It’s such a shame that this once-grand building has been left by the owner to rot.

I’m concerned that it will simply be demolished and then the site left undeveloped for many more years.


Well I consider that this is the very best result for one and all, however I fail to note the words which state that demolition need to be undertaken I do note that the demolition method statement is required , not quite the same thing.
I give the project a ten year program, at least a nice plywood hording will look lovely