Luxury homes plan for site

By David Newble

Saturday, January 5, 2013


Luxury homes plan for site

An artist’s impression of the Royal Cliff apartments.

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."



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by alan naylor

7th January 2013, at 14:38:40

The deteriation of the cliff top hotel must be a wake up call for the future of turisium on the isle of wight and David is right about the lego but its better than 8 red and blue beach huts

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by david stubbings

7th January 2013, at 12:12:21

Far from a luxury design it appears the designer of this apartment has used Lego to design this building it resembles an airport, industrial factory, school or car-park from the late 1980’s, its like Napoleon’s Landing- there is no warmth, feeling or design merit for the setting it commands, shame really as recent developments in Sandown at Albert Road and Station Avenue show how good design enhances the local scene. Sandown will soon resemble Newport; no one can claim recent new flats or shopping developments there are an attractive addition to the town. Unfortunately Sandown’s decay has set in, catalysed by owners who have little interest, pride or respect in the upkeep of their buildings or of Sandown itself. They are letting these once great buildings fall into a state beyond repair so as to leave Sandown as a large building plot for developers to make money with no forethought or investment for the Sandown in return.

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by valac van der Veene

6th January 2013, at 19:06:24

For some intangible reason the concept of 'luxury' and 'Sandown' don't sit happily together. Where are the residents of 'luxury' (purr) flats going to frolic exactly? Down the Chippie? 'Luxury' (huh?) needs infrastructure to support its whims. And Sandown has a beach. That's it. Apart from the crumblling seafront buildings which need bulldozing. Developers may need a reality check. Only saying.....

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by Mike Crowe

6th January 2013, at 16:42:02

Once again a wild incorrect claim from Kevin. How about posting where I have said 'soon'

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

6th January 2013, at 16:23:33

Mike Crowe has been making these claims of a bridge coming soon for at least 10 years, he also promised a monorail around the Island...the man is a Usernet legend....and a bit of a fantasist....should stick to his work with Shanklin Theatre

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by Mike Crowe

6th January 2013, at 14:31:57

No argument Stephen, I was just pointing out the obvious which is right before everybody's eyes if they were only to look outside the narrowness of blinkers

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by Stephen Elliott

6th January 2013, at 14:23:36

Damn that seemed like a good argument

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by Mike Crowe

6th January 2013, at 13:43:35

Only those who can't see outside the box Dave :-)

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6th January 2013, at 13:23:47

I think most of us would describe him as an obsessive fantasist....

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by Warren Copland

6th January 2013, at 11:54:09

Mike your a legend!

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