Royal York Hotel, Ryde: Plans afoot

A ray of sunshine could be shining down on the Royal York Hotel in Ryde.

Royal York Hotel, Ryde by Benjamin Tonner

For many, many years, people have been concerned about what is happening to the iconic Royal York Hotel in Ryde.

OnTheWight understands that there’s an interesting development that could well be good news and is likely to be welcomed by many in Ryde.

Long negotiation
After a long period of negotiation between the building’s owner and the Isle of Wight council planning department, new plans for the Art Deco-style Listed Building have been submitted to the council’s planning department.

The plans, once made public, will show a planning application for a thirty bed hotel and four flats on the site.

Ryde Business Association
OnTheWight spoke to Joseph Kohn, Chair of the Ryde Business Association (RBA), who said, “We welcome the opportunity to support any development that will enhance Ryde. Anything that brings more people to Ryde to conduct business is a good thing.”

Image: © Used with the kind permission of Benjamin Tonner

Thursday, 9th January, 2014 9:51pm



Filed under: Isle of Wight Council, Isle of Wight News, Planning, Ryde, Isle of Wight, Top story, Tourism

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Looking on the bright side, that it won’t join Ventnor Winter Gardens, Ryde Theatre, Frank James Hospital, [insert your favourite neglected but loved landmark here], it would be great to have a hotel to be proud of. The cheap ones have their place, (one also to be in Ryde), but I hope the RYH will pitch itself to a diffent visitor, and won’t need to compete with… Read more »

I really hope this is more than just a move by the owner to fend off the threat of a Section 215 notice. Unless the planners impose a deadline for work to start, this could be an excuse for another 4 years of Council inaction.

Fred Karno
Arthur has hit the nail on the head I’m afraid. Just because someone obtains planning permission does not require them to actually do work and going on other local listed properties left to rot, one can’t be filled with confidence. Another listed building in Ryde, the old Conservative Club in Lind Street, (Grade 2 listed), has now been empty well over 10 years, not to mention the… Read more »
I think the main problem is the reluctance of Council officers to make use of the powers they have. So far, the financial interests of the building owner have always taken priority over the interests of the town. One can speculate whether the reasons for this are on the square, so to speak. We can only hope that some of the new councillors are less willing to… Read more »
Steve Goodman
I’m quite sure that many of the new councillors are less willing to accept this, from our experience with the Frank James campaign; the problem for them now is that the severe reduction of government funding means that to try to maintain essential services for the most needy, our architectural & historical heritage will suffer further neglect & decay. Briefly – our current council would like to… Read more »
I do appreciate the effort now being made over FJH but I am afraid that using funding cuts as a general excuse will not wash unless you can tell us how much it would cost to enforce a Section 215 notice. Bear in mind that the Council would only have to enforce the first one issued. Once owners know the Council is serious, they will stop playing… Read more »

Correction: sorry, the section is called “Cost Recovery”


This is such a magnificent building I sincerely hope that the owner is serious about renovation.

It’s not the best example of Art Deco architecture, but pretty darn good to the untrained eye.

Paul Davis

The Midland Hotel in Morecambe is a great example of a similar hotel bought back to life – and Ryde is a much better bet


Agreed, all we need is a Council which cares or an owner like Urban Splash. No sign of either here.