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grandhotelsandownPlans to demolish the art-deco Grand Hotel in Sandown and build a brand new hotel in its place have been approved by the Isle of Wight Council this week, the second piece of good news for the seaside town in the last few days.

The run-down building, situated next to the Isle of Wight Zoo on Culver Parade, will be knocked down and replaced with a modern 30-bedroom hotel with a swimming pool.

Planning officers approved the plans on Thursday, just three months after the revised planning application was submitted by hotel owner Nick Spyker. The plans have been met with support from the local community, who are keen to see the town’s several planning applications passed to improve the town’s appeal.

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The hotel, built on a 0.37 hectare site, will operate 24 hours a day during the Summer months and will overlook Yaverland Beach and Sandown Bay.

The news comes as it is revealed that a planning application for the former Savoy Hotel in Sandown, also owned by Nick Spyker, has been submitted.

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