THE owners of the Ship Pub in Leigh have spoken out after the latest plans to transform the boarded-up venue into a hotel were rejected by Southend Council.
East Anglia Pubs Company applied to turn the pub, which closed in 2017, into a 15-bedroom hotel.
The Council rejected the plans because they believed the designs result in the loss of historic features of the building.
The report stated that the “contrived” first-floor balconies would “result in the loss of original historic features, detrimentally impacting other historic detailing”.
Director Paul Barthaud has responded to the council’s decision, and reportedly explained that the firm’s architects and designers had engaged in extensive discussions with the council, believing they had taken adequate measures to secure approval.
He insisted that the sea views designed for the double bedrooms represent a crucial part of their desirability, whilst maintaining stone details and façade of the original Victorian building.
He was reported as saying: “We are attempting to make a considerable investment into this property, providing Leigh with its only new hotel in many years. We would provide benefits to local tourism and create many new job opportunities.
“Due to the lack of support, this may now delay the project considerably. We faced similar pushbacks when we attempted to redevelop the Grand hotel on the Broadway, which is now yet another block of flats!”
Picture: Artists’ impression for the new hotel.
Contact us. Email: [email protected]