English Riviera Revamp

February 2, 2012 8:54 pm Published by

Tetlow King Planning (TKP) has assisted developers Havard Tisdale in securing planning consent for the redevelopment of the derelict Palm Court hotel – a historic landmark building at the gateway to Torquay’s seafront – to create an exciting leisure, tourism and residential development.

TKP has a long standing relationship with this site; having previously secured consent for a scheme in 2004 for a 44 bedroom hotel, spa, casino, café bar and 14 residential apartments for other clients. Another application for a 100 bedroom hotel was granted in 2009. Neither scheme has been implemented; and the site has remained derelict.

Designed by Torbay-based architect, Kay Elliott, the Art Deco inspired building will epitomise the style of the English Riviera in which it is prominently located.

In a nod to its historical roots, the iconic building will be renamed Abbey Crescent.  The ground floor level will feature four high quality restaurants with al fresco dining and public realm enhancements.  Spread over five further storeys, including a penthouse, will be 14 holiday apartments, 14 residential apartments and 32 car parking spaces.

Elizabeth Boyd, Associate Director and Jonathan Adams, Director, successfully addressed concerns expressed by English Heritage over the dominance of the previous permission for the much larger 100 bedroom hotel proposal.  Torbay Council were also persuaded that the scheme will strike an appropriate mix of uses; balancing  the Council’s desire for the incorporation of holiday and commercial uses against providing sufficient residential accommodation to ensure that the scheme will be viable and built.

The scheme successfully allies the pressing need to redevelop this sensitively located building with the conservation and enhancement of the surrounding area, which includes a number of listed buildings, parks and gardens.  In achieving this, the proposal gained the support of the local community, who were invited to attend two public consultation events.

Consent, subject to completion of the Section 106 Agreement, was granted on 16 January 2012, and development is expected to commence shortly.