Oban hotel gets green light to expand

The Alexandra Hotel in Oban

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Plans to add five bedrooms to an Oban hotel have been approved by council planners.

The proposal for the Alexandra Hotel on the Corran Esplanade got the go-ahead from Argyll and Bute Council officials after no-one objected to the plans.

Submitted by Highland Coaches Limited, the plans also involve alterations to the hotel’s lounge area.

A council planning officer said the proposed development would have no adverse effect on the appearance of the hotel or its setting on the wider landscape.

The planning officer said: ‘The Alexandra Hotel is situated in a prominent position in a waterfront setting on the Corran Esplanade in Oban.

‘The proposed works are to an existing lounge area within a single storey projection located to the rear of the hotel.

‘The north west elevation is bounded by the Bishop’s House, St Columba’s Cathedral, a category A listed building, and the north west elevation is bounded by the existing standalone staff accommodation block.

‘The proposal shows internal alterations to the existing lounge area to form five additional bedrooms with en-suite facilities.

‘These internal works do not fall within the legal definition of ‘development’. Consequently, they do not fall to be assessed here.

‘The application shows the replacement of all the doors and windows to the north west and north east elevation to the existing lounge area on a like-for-like basis.’

The officer added: ‘The proposals are of a suitable form, scale and design which ensures the development will not detract from the overall appearance of the hotel or its setting within the wider landscape.

‘The proposed development within the settlement zone would accord with the relevant provisions of the Local Development Plan.

‘The proposed development complies with all of these key policy aims and is considered acceptable.’