Council steps in with Sussex boutique hotel plan

George Sell By George Sell
04 June 2018 | Updated 04 June 2018

UK: Town councillors in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, are looking in to the viability of buying the Royal Hotel and giving it a boutique makeover.

Planning permission was granted last September to turn the property, on the town's Esplanade, into 18 luxury flats, and the building is currently on the market.

At an exceptional council meeting last week, members of the council unanimously agreed to investigate the viability of purchasing the building, built in 1888.

Bognor Town Council have already purchased the Picturedrome Cinema, and the town clerk Glenna Frost said they were keen to do the same with the Royal Hotel.

"The council, through their Corporate Strategy, are committed to preserving the glorious heritage of our town and have a strong record of doing so. If successful, it is hoped that the Royal Hotel will be brought back into use as a boutique hotel and even include training facilities for new chefs and other related staff in this industry. The council is also exploring the possibility of it being used in part for new council offices and to include space for community use," she said.

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