Historic hotel may be demolished for housing

144625a'Scenesetter'Green Gables'Picture by Neil Silk'13/11/14
144625a'Scenesetter'Green Gables'Picture by Neil Silk'13/11/14
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A historic Scarborough hotel could be demolished and replaced with housing after its owners said they could no longer run it as a going concern.

Council planning committee members grudgingly gave outline permission for the hotel to be razed to the ground after they agreed with its owners that it could not survive in its current form.

A report, which went before the council’s planning and development committee on Thursday, called the decision ‘regrettable’.

The Green Gables in West Bank dates back to 1889 was originally built as the Scarborough Hydropathic Establishment by a Professor Wells at a cost of almost £10,000.

It featured Turkish, Russian, electric, vapour and sitz baths treatments.

Mr Wells got into financial difficulties in 1882 and left the business in 1900, with the baths closing four years later.

It was purchased by local businessman Robert C Hopper in the 1920s and remains in his family to this day.

At the Town Hall meeting a speaker on behalf of the owners told councillors: “A large scale investment in the building to allow it to remain as a hotel is unlikely.

“It is simply in the wrong part of town.
“Sadly it’s time for the building to call it a day.”

Cllr Amanda Robinson said: “I don’t want to see it go but it seems there is no other choice.”