Con Club hotel plan approved for the third time

The Con Club
The Con Club

The former Constitution Club in Huntriss Row is finally set to become a 160 bedroom hotel after planning permission was granted this afternoon.

Demolition work had already started to convert the building into an extension to the Premier Inn in Falconers Road when it was granted listed building status in January.

This shutdown work on the site, which had been given permission by the council to be fully demolished - much to the anger of the Scarborough Civic Society and the Victorian Society.

The developer, Crown Properties (Scarborough) Ltd for Premier Inn which will provide an 88 bedroom extension to the hotel, submitted revised plans which would keep the front of the building and see the roof raised by one storey to provide extra rooms - the plans are almost identical to the original planning permission which the developer would later claim would cost £500,000 and made the plans unworkable.

The revised plans were recommended for approval by Scarborough Council’s planning officers.

During today's meeting, the councillors were told that a large part of the rear of the building had been demolished before the listing had been granted, including the main ballroom and billiard room.

Cllr David Jeffels said the new plans would "create and iconic building in the centre of Scarborough."

He added: "We should also welcome the fact a national company is looking to invest big money in the town."

Cllr Colin Haddington added that the scheme was "beyond what we could have hoped for."

He said: "Given the fact that a great deal of the building has been demolished I think this is a great success, we need to praise our officers for ensuring that we have got a scheme of this quality."

Scarborough Civic Society had written to the council saying it “strongly opposes the application.

It adds: “[This] application is clearly a brazen attempt to increase the developer’s profit margin by squeezing in additional bedrooms now it is unable to demolish the historic frontage of the building.”

The plans were approved unanimously.