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Pendower Beach House Hotel moves closer to public consultation

April 24, 2023 | News

Pendower Beach Hotel Holdings (PBHH), owners of the former Pendower Beach House Hotel known as the ‘pink hotel’ located on the Roseland Peninsula, is a step closer to announcing a date for a public consultation at which its revised plans for the regeneration of the disused and largely derelict former hotel will be presented to local residents, members of the public, and stakeholders.

The plans, to be shared at a public consultation event due to take place before mid-June, will reflect feedback from the Parish Councils of Philleigh, Gerrans and Veryan, and the Friends of Pendower Beach organisation, following meetings held earlier this year. These meetings, which included the involvement of Julian German (Independent Cornwall Councillor for the Roseland Electoral Division), were held to outline how PBHH intends to breathe life back into what has become a sadly neglected site, and to gain feedback on its outline plans.

Designed sensitively to protect the local environment and to provide year-round economic benefit to the local economy, the plans have been created to reinvigorate the site, which has become run-down over the past decade, and has witnessed both squatters and anti-social behaviour on site.

The plans aim to improve and regenerate the site, transforming it into a destination aparthotel together with a beach restaurant and café, designed in keeping with the special character and nature of its coastal location. The new plans are significantly different to those outlined in 2019/20, which allowed for 25 residential apartments, primarily consisting of 2-bed dwellings, alongside a traditional 14-bedroom hotel.

The new and much changed proposals incorporate feedback from the public consultation process in 2020, taking on board input from local councils, Cornwall Council, the local community, representative groups, and other stakeholders.

As a direct result, previously proposed residential homes have been removed from the plans, ending the spread of development to the north of the site, and reducing the total build footprint on the site by approximately 25%.

Instead, under the new 2023 proposals, a reduced 2-storey scheme for an aparthotel will be presented consisting of 23 two and three bed family self-catering holiday-let suites and a public restaurant with 40 internal and 32 external covers, as well as a café and shop for use by beachgoers during the day and evening.

Commenting on plans, which will be shared at a public consultation event to be held at Pendower Beach in early summer, Johnny Goldsmith, local businessman and founder of PBHH, commented:

“Working in consultation with Penryn-based Koha Architects Ltd, we’ve taken great care to share the new concept plans with both local Parish Councils, and Friends of Pendower Beach, to explain how our plans have been revised, both to protect the local environment, and provide an economically viable business that brings benefit to local communities. This includes protecting road access to Pendower beach and its slipway, through necessary stabilisation work that will future proof Rocky Lane against coastal erosion for future generations.

“We have listened carefully to the feedback and integrated changes into our plans to incorporate aspects such as the relocation of the restaurant, inclusion of staff accommodation and a shop, sympathetic changes to the historic farmhouse, and a reduction in the road widening proposed as part of the cliff stabilisation works.

“We hope that these changes, alongside our extensive plans to protect and enrich the natural environment through our environmental custodianship commitment, will be well received. Full details of these plans alongside all aspects of the proposed development will be shared at the public consultation event to be held in early summer, following which we will hone the final plans, before submitting these for planning approval.”

The public consultation event will be held in late May/early June at Shallikabooky Beach Hut Café, Pendower Beach, Rocky Lane, Cornwall TR2 5LW. Here, members of the design team will be present to discuss the proposals and to respond to questions asked by the public.

Physical models and presentation boards will be available for viewing, and site tours will be available throughout the day.

The consultation website will go live to coincide with the event. Comments will be able to be logged at the public consultation by hand, and remotely online.