Plans to develop the Royal York Hotel in Ryde have been given permission by the Isle of Wight Council. Picture by Robin Crossley.
PLANS to transform a landmark Isle of Wight hotel, which had fallen into disrepair, have been given the go ahead by the Isle of Wight Council.
Developers have been given just a year to get development work underway at the Royal York Hotel in George Street, Ryde, where officers have granted permission for plans for a 30-bedroom hotel and four flats.
The news has been welcomed by Ryde mayor and ward Isle of Wight Councillor Wayne Whittle.
"There was just one condition I wanted added to what officers put forward and that was that the work be started in the first year. I didn’t want to see it sit there for another three years.
"The residents are 100 per cent behind this. There were 70 letters of support and one objection, which was about a parking issue that officers have sorted," said Cllr Whittle.
He added: "A lot of residents in the surrounding area that were concerned about the the dilapidated state of the building and that kids were breaking in."
Officers have imposed 15 conditions on the planning permission, including seeking approval for work on doors, windows and historic features including the ballroom.
Click here to view the planning permission.
The interior of the hotel in 2012.Picture by Peter Boam.