North West Wales

Abersoch hotel plans on hold over social housing offer

White House Hotel, Abersoch Image copyright Alan Fryer
Image caption The proposed development would demolish the eyesore White House Hotel

A vote on plans for a £7.8m five-storey hotel in Abersoch has been deferred to allow more time for the developers to increase their social housing offer.

The White House Hotel "eyesore" would be demolished and replaced with a 42-bedroom hotel and 18 apartments, creating local jobs under the scheme.

But a report before Gwynedd council says a contribution of £150,000 towards new affordable homes is "inadequate".

Council policy is for such developments to include 30% towards social housing.

Under the proposals by Manchester-based developers Broomco, the local authority says it would expect six of the apartments to be for social housing.

Alternatively, it would expect the cash equivalent to build a similar number of "affordable units" nearby.

The planning application is for a development including a restaurant, conference facility and spa.

The report accepts the proposed hotel would boost the number of hotel rooms in the popular holiday resort by 25%, add £1.5m to the local economy and bring up to 120 jobs at peak season.

A Gwynedd council spokesperson said the vote was deferred to allow planning officers to request the applicant provides a "larger financial contribution towards the provision of off-site affordable housing".

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