boss unveils new plans for overhaul of Highbridge Hotel
long-awaited redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel site is finally
set to begin in February, along with a new community sports facility,
the owners have announced this week after submitting a fresh planning
Somerset Coast, the owner of the site since 2014, is submitting
a new application to develop the site, with a commitment to rebuild
the façade in the style of the former hotel prior to a huge
fire in 2008.
Hodgson, Chief Executive of the YMCA, pictured, outlined
the new proposals during a Town Council meeting on Monday evening
said that plans for an outdoor MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) have
been scrapped in favour of "a larger multi-use sports and events
hall that will be better suited to a residential area and more beneficial
to the community."
Hodgson admitted that "the plans have taken an incredible length
of time to come to fruition." He explained that the remains
of the hotel building had been rendered unsafe during the removal
of scaffolding. Now, though, the project is ready to move forward,
he told councillors.
will be a building with 22 units of affordable supported housing
for young people aged 16-25.
Andy Brewer asked whether the YMCA is "totally committed to
the project - there has been a lot of talk locally that you don't
have the funds to complete the project."
Hodgson responded: "We do have the necessary funds - they are
all secured and we will be going out to tender shortly to complete
John Parkes added: "This project has been a bigger conundrum
that watching an Agatha Christie with its twists and turns."
asked when the work would begin, to which Mr Hodgson responded that
YMCA team will "be on site in February."
The YMCA boss addressing councillors at last night's meeting in
the development site currently looks ahead of the project restarting