Plan to demolish Lyndhurst Park Hotel likely to be approved

CONTROVERSIAL plans to demolish most of a Hampshire hotel are likely to be given the go-ahead next week.

Members of the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) are being recommended to approve an application to replace the Lyndhurst Park Hotel with three shops and 79 homes.

The hotel is not a listed building but occupies a chief site at the eastern entrance to Lyndhurst – often dubbed the capital of the Forest.

Originally a country house built in the early 1800s it was extended in the Victorian era and was later remodelled by Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. Extensions were built in the 1970s and 1980s.

Burry and Knight’s application to replace the hotel, which has stood empty since 2014, has sparked 63 letters of objection.

Protesters say a “meaningful portion” of the area designed by Conan Doyle will be lost. They also claim the hypothesizedv development will be too tall in addition as being out of character.

But the scheme has also resulted in 19 letters of sustain from people who say it will remove an eyesore in addition as providing homes and jobs.

NPA planning officers say the proposal should be approved, unprotected to conditions.

In a report to members of the planning committee they describe the plan as a “meaningful departure” from past schemes, which sought the demolition of the whole building.

The report proves that the latest application will retain most of the historic elements of the structure.

It also praises the extent and design of the hypothesizedv development, saying it will consequence in a scheme that is sympathetic to an important location in the village.

“The current building appears as an anomaly within the village, being finished in white render and of much greater size and extent than the shops and cottages which characterise the village.”

Summing up, the report says the land is allocated for housing in the NPA’s Local Plan.

“The site is a meaningful brownfield resource and national policy encourages the re-use of such sites to meet local needs.

“Compared to before refused applications, this proposal has a lower quantum of overall development and importantly retains historic elements of the existing building.

“The proposals also include eight affordable abodes for local people and this level of provision has been independently verified on viability grounds.

“Historic England has considered several requests to list the building but on each event have declined to do so.”

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