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.”

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Thursday, 9th January, 2014 9:51pm

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10 Comments

  1. 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 the cheapest.

  2. 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.

  3. Fred Karno


    10.Jan.2014 10:58am

    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 old Vectis Hall in Melville Street, which is liable to spontaneous collapse any day.

    The flaw in the system seems to be that if you own a listed building and it’s not habitable, then you don’t have to pay any council tax. With everything else, NOT listed, you do.

    • 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 accept this.

      • Steve Goodman


        10.Jan.2014 4:58pm

        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 do more but can’t; previous councils who could have helped didn’t. On the plus side, regarding FJ, after more than a decade of damaging neglect we now have the council working with the owners on viable development plans which could save the building, although the best outcome would still result from the appearance of a discerning wealthy buyer not trying to make a quick profit.

        In the meantime, the friends of Frank James, now supported by councillors, our MP, heritage bodies, & the owners, will continue to do what we can to protect the site & reverse some of the damage.

  4. 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.

  5. Paul Davis


    7.Apr.2014 2:02pm

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

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

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