Hotel Worthing could be turned into 44-bed shared accommodation

PLANS have been submitted to convert a hotel into shared accommodation with 44 rooms.

According to a statement submitted with the plans, the hotel “continued to experience business difficulties” and is expected to close this month.

“To prevent the building from becoming vacant and to help meet local housing needs, the proposal in this application is therefore to return the accommodation to residential use and to use the properties as shared accommodation,” it read. in the statement.

The proposed ground floor at Windsor House, Hnw Architects

If plans are approved, the hotel would be transformed into 44 en-suite bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and communal living areas.

They were submitted by Robert Crossan, strategic director of the SDR Group, a private housing and social care provider based in East Sussex.

So far, five residents have opposed the plans.

Windsor Hotel, Windsor Road, Hnw Architects

Windsor Hotel, Windsor Road, Hnw Architects

They fear that, without proper management in place, the accommodation could contribute to further anti-social behavior in the area.

A planning statement made on behalf of the developer reads: “The proposed use will be operated and managed by a local and established operator with a proven track record.”

A decision on whether or not to grant a building permit is due on November 9.

More details can be found on the council planning portal with reference: AWDM/1472/22.

Last year separate plans to continue to use Castles Guest House, 6 Windsor Road, as temporary and emergency accommodation met with objections from neighbors following an increase in anti-social behavior in the area.

Sussex Police also opposed the plans, saying ‘high levels of police presence’ had been required at 6 Windsor Road which ‘had an impact on police resources’.

Worthing Borough Council refused to support the plans and the owner appealed.

Sussex Police have not objected to the new plans for Windsor House Hotel after ‘extensive discussions’ with the area police team.

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