Torquay, Devon


torquay-devonTetlow King Planning (TKP) 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 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, neither of which was implemented and the site remained derelict.

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

In a nod to its historical roots, the iconic building was renamed Abbey Crescent.  The ground floor level features four high quality restaurants with al fresco dining and public realm enhancements.  Spread over five further storeys, including a penthouse, are 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 would 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 would be viable.

The scheme successfully allied 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.


Harvard Tisdale

Local Authority

Torbay District Council