After being open for 18 months, an Eaglescliffe hotel is only now requesting planning permission. The council has since received communications from 132 people who insist that permission be denied and that it should be closed.
In March 2015 the Abbeyfield Lodge B&B and guesthouse, a former care home, commenced operations without securing official permission regarding the change of use. Local residents have contacted Stockton Borough Council to complain about the covenant that restricts use of the property to those over 55.
The planning officers for the council have recommended that permission be granted because the hotel has no negative impact on Yarm Town Centre or the surrounding areas.
The application is for a hotel with 14 bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, and office, which are already in place. If permission is granted, there would also be a single storey extension to the office.
Among the objections raised against the Abbeyfield Lodge B&B and guesthouse is that there is no need for a hotel in the first place, guests could indulge in anti-social behaviour, road safety and traffic problems are a possibility, and potentially dangerous conditions could arise for local children due to the hotel’s proximity to Junction Road Primary School.
One resident wrote in his capacity as a parent governor of the school as well as a parent whose children used nearby amenities. He said he strongly objected to the hotel because the change of use was not compatible with the location.