Guernsey hotel conversion plans welcomed

Manor Hotel in the Forest, Guernsey
Image caption The hotel was built in the 1920s and opened for business in the 1930s

Plans to convert the former Manor Hotel in Guernsey into a 40 bedroom care home has been welcomed by the Dean of the Forest of Douzaine.

Richard Haume says the project "will have a positive affect on the parish".

The plans were initially refused by the Environment Department, but the owners of the site won an appeal to get the go-ahead for the development.

The hotel, near Petit Bot in the Forest, opened in the 1930s and became a lodging house in the 1990s.

Mr Haume said: "I think it's a very good idea. It's had a rather chequered history. It started off as a private house, before becoming a hotel.

"In latter years it's had problems with alcohol and drugs. Parking has been a big problem too.

"It's had its time as a hotel. It's better that it is converted and not destroyed. It's in a lovely location."

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