A SCHEME to knock down an eyesore hotel and block of flats and build luxury apartments has been lodged with Isle of Wight planners.
The project will result in the derelict Royal Cliff apartments, Sandown, being demolished and a luxury apartment block of seven, three-bedroom flats, 13 two-bedroom flats and six flats with one bedroom, as well as three terraced houses, being built in its place.
As previously reported, the poor state of the former hotel had led to concern from nearby residents and hotelier John Tatum, with claims the Royal Cliff was regularly vandalised and had become a haunt for squatters.
The designer of the proposed apartments, Roy Holt, said: "Mr John Tatum, of the Altavia Hotel, and all the other residents have my personal assurance that as soon as we get jurisdiction over the site, it will be fenced, the existing building will be demolished and construction on the new project will be started without delay.
"If the planning department moves swiftly, we will move equally swiftly to improve the area."