Sutton on Sea

Controversial coastal hotel site goes on sale for £1.5m

A former hotel development site with controversial planning permissions on the Lincolnshire coast has now been put on the market for £1.5 million.

A new “colonia” hotel just 300 metres from the beach in the village of Sandilands was set to be built after the owners received approval, despite residents’ concerns it would not match the surrounding area.

The plans were initially turned down, but East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee later gave the go ahead to proposals for the Grange and Links Hotel.

This would have meant that the existing hotel building – closed since September 2018 – would be demolished and replaced with a new 20-bed facility with nine apartments, spa, gym and swimming pool. Another building would include 12 holiday apartments with space on the ground floor for retail and commercial space.

The site has detailed planning permissions for two different extensive mixed-use schemes. It is now being sold by Colliers International with a guide price of £1.5 million.

A new owner would be able to retain the existing hotel building and develop 22 holiday apartments, a swimming pool and retail on the rear land.

Alternatively, the purchaser also has the option to demolish the former hotel building.

Tim Cross, the current owner of the site, said: “Sandilands is a beautiful place to live, visit and holiday with its fantastic beach and colourful beach huts – it represents the epitome of a true English seaside resort.

“History abounds in this part of Lincolnshire with Woodhall Spa being the base for the famous Dambusters raid. I have no doubt that the development of a new destination hotel with spa facilities will be a great success as Sandilands is part of the Gateway to the Lincolnshire Coastal Development Plan.”

Paul Barrasford, Hotels Agency at Colliers International, said: “The site is now offered for sale due to our client’s focus on other (non-related) business interests.

“The closure of the previous hotel was a disappointment to many who visit and live in the area. It is felt that either of the new schemes would be very popular with local and visiting clientele. In particular, the much-improved product offering would make it a destination hotel in its own right, as well as the perfect base from which to explore the stunning coastline and beyond.”

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