A planning application to completely transform the former Savoy Hotel in Sandown into 19 flats has been submitted, bringing light at the end of the tunnel for residents and businesses in the seaside town who have been calling for work to be undertaken for years.
The now derelict and dangerous building has been classed as an eye sore by locals, but hotel owner Nick Spyker is set to demolish the run-down and fire hit building to build a brand new apartment block with a total of 19 self-contained flats and associated parking with attractive landscaping.
In its heyday the Savoy Hotel, located at the start of Sandown’s High Street at the junction with Victoria Road and Avenue Road, was a grand building that attracted visitors to Sandown, but it fell into disrepair becoming an unattractive and unwanted part of Sandown after being turned into apartments.
In December 2011, nearly three years ago, a major fire ripped through the derelict building involving over 50 firefighters from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, who tackled the blaze throughout the night. The building has stood in a charred state since.
The development application, submitted to the Isle of Wight Council’s Planning Department last week, shows plans for 18 two-bedroom flats and 1 one-bedroom flat with a complete transformation of the 0.19 hectare site.
Readers have until 14th November to comment on the plans, which can be viewed and commented on at http://www.iwight.com/planning/AppDetails3.aspx?frmId=28861.
Two letters of support have already been received.