Three cheers for Cups plan
PUBLISHED: 14:31 18 June 2013
Public support £5million scheme to redevelop former Lyme Regis hotel
A £5million redevelopment scheme for the Three Cups Hotel site at Lyme Regis has been given a big thumbs up after going on public view.
Owners Palmers brewery say they were inundated with positive comments during the recent public consultation in the town.
On show were plans to:
* Conserve and renovate the historic Three Cups building fronting on to Broad Street.
* Create a landmark new restaurant with 10-12 letting rooms in the old car park at the back of the site. Ten rooms would be doubles and two would be family rooms with full wheelchair access.
* Build and access path through to Langmoor Gardens.
* Provide a ground floor shop space at the front of the old Three Cups building and a community space at the rear of the building.
* Provide residential units, necessary to fund some of the cost of the scheme.
* Build an underground car park.
A spokeswoman for Bridport-based Palmers said they received 73 written comments and 174 people attended the exhibition, in the Pilot Boat Inn.
All the comments and feedback are being incorporated into the final preparations for a planning application that Palmers aim to submit to West Dorset District Council in the autumn.
If planning permission is granted in early 2014, Palmers hope to start building as soon as possible.
The construction phase is likely to take 15 months and will be planned to cause minimum disruption to the town, stress the owners.
The project could be finished in 2015, hopefully in time for the summer season.
Amongst comments received during the consultation day were:
“We love it – please build as soon as possible.”
“Fantastic! Will be a great asset to the town and a huge draw to money-spending potential tourists! Bring it on!”
“Innovative and very aesthetically pleasing designs. A lot of time and a huge amount of effort has gone into this to try and please everyone.”
“Very forward thinking, a big thumbs up.”
“Absolutely brilliant! Well thought out and the wishes of Lyme residents have been taken into consideration.”
“I came expecting not to like the proposals but have been pleasantly surprised at what is planned. Having been born here I feel very strongly about the Three Cups as it is part of my history. I just want it to happen yesterday!”
“Excellent – crack on!”