A Cornish seaside hotel which built nine meeting rooms without planning permission, saying they were needed for the G7 summit, has been ordered to demolish them because they caused ‘very serious damage’ important” to the landscape.
The Carbis Bay Hotel built the rooms in three single-storey buildings before hosting the meeting of world leaders last summer. He said he proceeded without planning permission due to the urgency of the project.
The development has led to protest marches on the beach with opponents pointing out that valuable habitats and views have been ruined.
There was also anger that the hotel claimed the rooms were needed to provide space to host G7 bilateral talks when the UK government said it had not asked for further work to be carried out .
Town planning inspector Peter Jarratt highlighted opponents’ argument that the development “flew in the face” of the green credentials claimed by the G7.
He said: ‘There has been a significant public response to the unauthorized development and the retrospective planning application submitted for reasons such as the inappropriateness of the development and the applicant’s failure to follow the planning process. in good and due form. Numerous representations – some 350 to 400 – were received by the council.
The National Trust, the South West Coast Path Association, the Cornwall Branch of Countryside Charity (CPRE) and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust have all submitted objections.
“The construction of the meeting rooms in three one-story buildings…has significantly and negatively affected the character and appearance of the area,” Jarratt said.
“I found very significant damage to the character and appearance of the landscape. While it is to the credit of the hotel to have hosted the G7 summit and to now want to adapt the rooms of meeting with holiday accommodation, the economic benefits resulting from the development, despite a significant weight, are insufficient to compensate for the damage to the landscape. ”
He upheld an enforcement notice from Cornwall Council ordering the removal of the development. The bill for the demolition and landscape restoration work is expected to cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The hotel declined to comment.