Don’t demolish landmark Lytham hotel
A plan to knock down the Victoria Hotel in Lytham St Anne’s and build retirement flats on the site has been strongly criticised by the Victorian Society.
The Victoria hotel on Church Road is more than a hundred years old and was designed as part of the new garden town and holiday resort of St Anne's by the Lancashire architect, John Dent Harker. Now a retirement company has applied to demolish the historic 1898 building and replace it with a four-storey block containing 40 flats.
The building has no statutory protection as it is unlisted and not in a Conservation Area.
'Although the hotel narrowly missed the criteria for listing it still forms an important part of a consistently Victorian streetscape,' said Chris Costelloe, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society. ‘It would be enormously wasteful to knock down this high quality, well-loved and adaptable hotel.'
'A much more sustainable approach is needed for the site. The car park behind the hotel was once home to stables and outbuildings and this space could be built on again, while still retaining and restoring the main building.'
Mr Costelloe warned: ‘Demolishing this attractive and historic hotel only to replace it with a bland and architecturally undistinguished block will permanently impoverish the character and heritage of Lytham St Anne's.'
The Victorian Society has written to Fylde Council urging it to take steps to ensure the long term protection and reuse of this fine building, rather than give the green light to a needless demolition.
Thursday 8 December, 2011
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