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Future of abandoned Quality Hotel site in Plymouth Hoe could be decided this fall

The future of the abandoned Plymouth waterfront hotel site may finally be settled this fall as developers vie to build on the land.

Plymouth City Council chiefs are in advanced talks with companies keen to take back the land on the Hoe which would have been the site of the abandoned £ 50million 1690 hotel.

The world’s leading real estate advisor Colliers International was commissioned by city council to market the land, which once housed the Quality Hotel, now demolished, in November 2020 and has generated a lot of interest.

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This included UK and overseas developers, including developers who had previously bid on the land.

Council officials narrowed down the list and met with people behind the most promising projects.

They were then able to refine their proposals and it is hoped that a legal agreement will be signed with one of them in the coming weeks.

“We have interested developers,” said Matt Ward, Plymouth City Council’s strategic development projects manager. “We have aroused the interest of a number of parties and look forward to reaching a deal this fall.”

The promoters were quick to react once the land, currently barricaded and overgrown, was put on the market.

“We had a number of developer submissions and selected a small number and had informal discussions,” Mr. Ward said. “We gave the developers the opportunity to meet with planning officers and they were able to make adjustments to their proposals.

“We gave these developers a chance to take their feedback into account and they came back with some suggestions, and there are some good ones. “

The council wants high quality mixed-use hotel development on the land and while proposals may include an element of residential use, this is not a requirement.

The local joint plan says that any ongoing project on this land must be run by a hotel. It is also a clear commitment from the recently elected Conservative administration for a hotel to go to this site.

“And that’s a key part of our visitors plan,” Mr. Ward said. “We have to provide high quality hotel accommodation. So the most important thing is to have a high quality hotel on this site.

Demolition of the Quality Hotel on Plymouth Hoe

The elevated site, which spans nearly one hectare and offers panoramic sea views, was the site of the Quality Inn until it was demolished in 2016 and the site subsequently cleared.

Later that year, the council selected developer Henley Real Estate Development Ltd to complete a project that would have seen a hotel, called 1620 to honor the Mayflower Pilgrims, located across from a building.

Plans for an 11-story hotel with 80 beds and a 15-story block of 88 apartments were approved in 2017.

The local authority was hoping the project would be completed in time for the Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020. The “five-star” hotel was even supposed to be called 1620 to mark the connection.

But development never started with then-Finance Board member Mark Lowry saying in 2020 that the company behind the plans had been unable to raise funds for the project. .

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