Proposed plans for Bay Queen unveiled
Hartford Homes has unveiled new proposals for the redevelopment of the former Bay Queen Hotel site on Port St Mary Promenade.
The proposed designs were revealed at a public exhibition at Port St Mary Town Hall on Thursday 11 January, with representatives from the local developer on hand to answer questions and gather feedback.
Hartford Homes director James Greenhalgh said: “We hoped the exhibition would showcase our development proposals, which are nearing finalization.”
The proposed scheme would see the landmark site being brought back into use, with the development including 28 apartments contained in a six-storey building with a concierge facility and possible restaurant on the ground floor, plus six three-storey town houses and a single-storey concierge’s flat to the rear.
James added: “We received a strong message that most people support the development of the site, and indeed our proposals. It was naturally not unanimous, nor unconditional and there were several opinions voiced which ranged from constructive comments to outright opposition.
“We are taking on board comments from local residents as we prepare the planning application.”
A scheme for a 30-bedroom hotel and 34 apartments over seven floors in the front building and with 22 apartments over five floors in a secondary building to the rear, has already been approved for the site, however Hartford Homes felt this plan was unfeasible and could be improved.
James commented: “The new proposals offer a significantly less dense development than the approved scheme, with fewer apartments, a more attractive design, less visible parking and more landscaping.”
The proposed scheme would see the development of a completely new front building following the curve of the Promenade with replacement towers in the same position of the existing towers, thereby retaining the landmark features of the original hotel building.
The Bay Queen Hotel closed in 1994 and has since been empty and disused. Part of the original building from pre-1926 was demolished in 2001, together with major internal stripping out of the remaining structure by the previous owners.
The proposals will now move to a formal planning submission. Further information will be released as and when these proposals are finalized.
Photo Caption: Proposed Bay Queen scheme - view from Port St Mary Harbour. Please note, this is not the final application scheme and the planning application may or may not differ.
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