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Luxury hotel planned for village
Architect's image of hotel development
The 5m hotel development may be ready by Spring 2007
A five-star 31-bedroom hotel is set to be built in a Llyn peninsula village by next spring after councillors approved plans by a local restaurateur.

Chris Chown wants to demolish the existing White House hotel at Abersoch to make way for a 5m luxury hotel, with brasserie, spa and swimming pool.

Mr Chown is proprietor of the Michelin starred Plas Bodegroes, near Pwllheli.

Gwynedd Council's Dwyfor area planning committee recommended approval of the plans subject to "minor" design issues.

Mr Chown said the plans would boost facilities for tourists and local people in the area.

He said: "Abersoch is very well known as a well-heeled destination.

White House Hotel
The current White House Hotel has fallen into disrepair

"It's crying out for quality tourist bed space as is Llyn, which is one of the beautiful parts of Wales."

Mr Chown added that he and his partner in the scheme. David McLean, had decided to construct a new building after first attempting to renovate the existing White House Hotel.

He said: "it's been a hotel since the 1950s when it was popular but it ran into disrepair at the end of the last century.

"We bought it last August but we decided we were trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear and decided to start again and do something good."

Mr Chown hopes the 31-bed hotel, which includes a 7,000 sq ft basement spa, 120-cover brasserie, function suite and bars will be completed by spring 2007 subject to design issues relating to the roof being agreed with planners.

In a written presentation following a site inspection, the Dwyfor area planning committee panel said: "The local authority strongly supports this scheme brought forward by a local developer and a local operator, both with a track record of success.

Chris Chown
Chris Chown says the hotel will meet a gap in the market

"We find the scheme to be an acceptable response to the site, with some minor revisions."

In his own presentation, group planning manager Gruff Morris told committee members: "This will be the first substantial hotel development in the Dwyfor area for a long time.

"This will be a high standard hotel creating jobs for a substantial number of people. It will also attract visitors to the area.

"In our view as planners this is a development worthy of support, subject to final agreement on design."

Acting head of planning, Aled Davies, added: "Here is an opportunity to approve a building that is likely to make its mark within the village of Abersoch."


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