Hotel owner 'optimistic' for long-awaited redevelopment
long-awaited redevelopment of the eyesore Highbridge Hotel site
has finally moved a step closer following a huge cash injection,
it has emerged this week.
Mead, pictured, the businessman who owns the Highbridge Hotel
site, told Burnham-On-Sea.com he is "optimistic" that
work will soon start on the much-needed overhaul following a major
understands that the YMCA has been successful in securing substantial
funding totalling £1.1m from the government's Homes and
Community Agency towards the redevelopment of the fire-ravaged
Mead said: "The project is moving forward and it looks very
promising," he said. "I'm unable to say when the work
will begin until a final agreement is in place with Sedgemoor
District Council and the YMCA, our two partners, but the puzzle
pieces are coming together at last."
Alison Griffin, Corporate Director at Sedgemoor District Council,
said: "I'm optimistic that work to redevelop the hotel will
start next year - final talks are underway to secure all the elements
of the funding."
fire-damaged hotel building looks set to be redeveloped into 2
studio flats, 5 4-bed flats plus new accommodation for the YMCA
with a public access multi-use games area and cafe.
Gray of Highbridge Residents Association said: "It is so
frustrating for residents in the town to see the talks over the
hotel continuing - we just want it all to be completed."
and many others in Highbridge, want to see a proper full redevelopment
of the hotel site - not just a tarting up of the same building.
Sadly, the town is known for the hotel because it's so visible
and it lets us down even though so many positive things happen
here. I'd be happy to see the whole building pulled down and removed
as soon as possible."
Hotel has been derelict for over six year since a huge
blaze destroyed much of it in April 2008, pictured right,
followed by several other smaller blazes.
about its future have been ongoing ever since.
construction of 59 new homes on the old cattle market site next
to the hotel is continuing and is on track to finish later this
year. Sedgemoor District Council gave a grant worth £1,481,000
from its New Homes Bonus Fund to Knightstone Housing Association
to enable the construction of the new homes.