North West Wales

Abersoch hotel plans rejected over social housing offer

White House Hotel, Abersoch Image copyright Alan Fryer
Image caption Gwynedd council says the site is an eyesore but any development must include enough social housing

Plans for a £7.8m five-storey hotel in Abersoch have been turned down by Gwynedd planners over the developers' offer of £150,000 for social housing.

Manchester-based developers Broomco wants to demolish the "eyesore" White House Hotel to build a 42-bedroom hotel and 18 apartments.

The plans were deferred last month to allow the firm to increase its offer.

Gwynedd's policy is for developments to include 30% towards social housing and it said the cash offer is "inadequate".

The local authority has said it would expect six of the apartments to be for social housing or to have the cash equivalent to build a similar number of "affordable units" nearby.

The report before planners on Monday accepts the proposed hotel would boost the number of hotel rooms in the popular holiday resort by 25%, add £1.5m to the local economy and bring up to 120 jobs at peak season.

But it concludes: "Despite the economic benefits arising from the development, the provision of affordable housing is a priority for the council in particular in an area such as Abersoch.

"It is considered that the provision for affordable housing as a part of this development is unacceptable and that this consequently outweighs the economic benefits that would arise from the development."

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