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savoycourtsandownWork to demolish the former Savoy Hotel in Sandown should start within the next 4 months, after planning officers this week gave approval for the development of 19 flats.

As previously reported by Island Echo, an application was submitted at the tail end of 2014 to demolish the Savoy Court on the junction of Victoria Avenue and Avenue Road in Sandown. Plans detailed 18 two-bedroom flats and 1 one-bedroom flat with a complete transformation of the 0.19 hectare site.

Following a fire back in December 2011, the once grand hotel has stood in a derelict state and has been considered by many as one of the biggest eye sores in the seaside town.

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savoydevelopment2In one of the quickest turnaround times for a planning application in Sandown, the Isle of Wight Council’s planning department have approved the redevelopment of the prime site with no less than 18 conditions placed upon the approval, which was granted on Tuesday.

One condition imposed by the Local Planning Authority is that demolition work must begin within 4 months with at least one month’s notice given, meaning that the demolition of the derelict building should begin between February and May this year.

Furthermore, the site owners have three years to submit further details regarding the landscaping and specific details of the build, with a further 2 years given once these specifics have been approved. Should developers wish to continue with the project, demolition work must begin before May, excluding the air raid shelter, and building work much commence before January 2020.

Details of all the conditions imposed on the planning permission approval can be found here.

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