A PLANNING application to redevelop Lyndhurst Park Hotel is expected to be submitted in March and will include new homes, holiday lets and shops, a village councillor has confirmed.
As reported in the A&T, the site on the edge of Lyndhurst has become an eyesore since it was shut down in 2014 and earlier this month a large section at the back of the building collapsed.
It was bought by retirement developer Pegasus Life, which twice failed to gain permission for about 90 homes there.
In October last year it gave up and sold the ailing property to Hoburne Development, the construction arm of Hoburne Group, which also owns a holiday park business.
Speaking at Lyndhurst Parish Council on Tuesday evening, Cllr Graham Reeve, who is chairman of the planning committee, said he had met with directors of Hoburne last week.
He said he had been joined by chairman and vice-chair of the parish council, Cllr Chris Willsher and Cllr Sutti Se-Upara, and he said they were all “really pleased” with what had been proposed.
He said: “They are really keen to develop in a way that is acceptable to the people of Lyndhurst. They said they had received large offers from lots of developers for the site but were keen to keep it long-term.”
He told the meeting that the company was due to meet with the national park authority to discuss the proposals informally this week and a public consultation was likely to take place in February.
A full planning application for the Lyndhurst Park Hotel will then be submitted in March.
Cllr Reeve added the discussions had been “very encouraging” and said: “They have gone to great lengths in our view to try and meet the requirements of the local plan.
“The development would be for tourism and residential use, which would include affordable housing which is non-age specific. There would also be some small retail outlets.”
He added that Hoburne “want and hope” to maintain the historic hotel building in some form, but it was not yet known how this would be achieved. The building was currently undergoing structural surveys, he said.
Although the exact number of properties was not known, he said those included in the plans were a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom flats.
There would also be two other areas of development on the site and the creation of public open space. The tourism aspect would take the form of holiday lets rather than a traditional hotel.
Cllr Reeve said: “They want it to be high class. They are keen to make it a gateway to Lyndhurst.”
Cllr Chris Willsher added: “They were really, really keen to show that they wanted to talk and engage with [the parish council]. Everything we have seen is really positive.”
The A&T has approached Hoburne for comment.