Improvements for Tenby seafront hotel welcomed after 'safety' concerns expressed

  • 22 days ago
Plans to rectify the poor state of the exterior of a prominent Tenby seafront hotel - labelled an ‘eyesore’ in recent years - have been welcomed, after safety concerns were raised that the premises could ‘pose a threat’ to public safety.
Fresh concerns were raised about the structure of the Royal Lion Hotel located on High Street/White Lion Street, that overlooks the seaside town’s North Beach, at the start of 2024, with local councillors calling for ‘unsafe parts’ and ‘rotting’ timber bay windows to be inspected as a matter of urgency by the local authorities.
Now a planning application (Ref: NP/24/0208/LBA) for listed building consent for replacement bays and windows, along with the insertion of a new door replacing an existing window and minor ancillary works for the premises has been put forward to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, by its owner.
Tenby Civic Society has welcomed the proposals in their recommendation to PCNPA, stating: “We note that currently there is no information as to the material proposed for the windows, but in any case we would welcome replacement with wooden sash windows to match the originals.
“The tall stairs side window could present some maintenance difficulties – others could be maintained from inside.
“There was a little concern that the new door would open onto a narrow footway to White Lion Street - but Highways consultation could determine that.
“If cost is a major issue, perhaps the most urgent replacements should be phased first, as there clearly are some safety concerns.
“Maintenance costs have clearly stood out as an issue with this valuable building, important for its attractive period design and valuable role providing holiday accommodation.
However, when discussing the application at their meeting this month, members of Tenby Town Council have asked PCNPA for more details on the materials to be used for the replacement windows.
Councillors also stated that they were ‘concerned’ about the proposal to install a door opening onto White Lion Street, stating: “The carriageway is narrow in this location and vehicles often mount the pavement to pass each other which could compromise safety of individuals using this door.”