Hopes of regularising hostel use thwarted

Monday, 13 February, 2017

Plans to retain the use of a former Clacton town centre hotel as a hostel have been turned down.

Tendring District Council (TDC) took enforcement action against the Frandon in Beach Road in March last year.

The action was against the unauthorised change of use of the building from a hotel to a hostel for the homeless.

The applicant, Deepak Sharma, has since appealed against the notice and that is due to be heard later this month.

The hostel currently provides 21 beds in 14 rooms, including the manager’s accommodation. There is a communal kitchen and dining room and residents are able to stay from anything from a single night to up to six weeks.

Residents are required to leave the premises during the day time and not allowed to return until evening.

The latest application by Mr Sharma was to regularise the use as a hostel but it has been rejected by TDC.

The Council has a policy that hotels or guesthouses in the centre of coastal resorts cannot change their use unless it can be proved that they are no longer financially viable.

The aim is to safeguard hotels for visitors to support the town’s tourist offer.

In the case of the Frandon no marketing exercise has taken place to justify the loss of a hotel and the loss of employment use.

The site in Beach Road is within Clacton’s Conservation Area and the town centre boundary.

A TDC spokesman said: “The loss of a tourism use and its replacement with a hostel would not meet the aims of the Council’s policies which look to revitalise the area and build on local strengths such as the tourist economy.”

TDC also believes that the way that the hostel operates does not contribute to community safety and residents do not receive the support they need to regain control of the lives.

Eight letters of objection were received over the application.

Last updated on: 13/02/2017 - 11:59