A Saltburn hotel has lodged plans for a stylish outdoor roof terrace with stunning views.
The owners of the Spa Hotel are planning a big makeover – due to an “upturn in Saltburn’s fortunes” and increased demand for outdoor dining since covid.
They have applied to Redcar and Cleveland Council to knock down a “dilapidated” 1990s conservatory and rebuild an extension on the same footprint, adding a roof terrace.
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The Victorian hotel, halfway up Saltburn Bank, has unparalleled views of the woodland, Valley Gardens and beach stretching all the way to Huntcliff.
It currently employs 50 staff and says the expansion would allow it to create another two jobs.
The Spa Hotel was built in 1884 as an Assembly Rooms, serving the influx of pleasure-seekers arriving by rail at the grandiose Zetland Hotel.
By the 1970s, the venue had become Philmores – one of the area’s destination nightclubs – until the loss of its licence in 1992.
Two years later, it started trading as a hotel.
The application says: “Over the years with the introduction of foreign holidays, British seaside resorts have had drop in popularity and many have become neglected and run down.”
But not Saltburn.
The seaside town has had a revival, the statement adds, thanks to “several years of investment to restore the pier, valley gardens, model railway and inclined tramway” and major “redevelopment of the lower promenade”.
“Saltburn is experiencing an upturn in fortunes and welcoming higher numbers of visitors each year,” it says.
“This development will enhance the existing hotel and further preserve the historic Spa building which, following its closure due to loss of licence in 1992, had an uncertain future.
“The proposals will increase longevity and allow the building to be enjoyed by a wider range of users.
“The project will bring increased revenue into the town and provide quality facilities which will complement the resurgence of Saltburn as a seaside resort visitor attraction once more.”
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