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A lighter shade of pink for hotel

Ann Blanchard and her pink car
The pink car will stay even after the hotel is repainted

The owners of a seaside hotel that was painted bright pink have been told they must redecorate it in a lighter shade.

The Oasis Hotel on Llandudno promenade appealed against Conwy council's decision that the shade of parts of the exterior did not meet guidelines.

But planning inspectors said it was "unduly prominent" compared to others.

However, Ann Blanchard who owns the Oasis with husband David, said: "No matter what, we will always be known as the pink hotel now".

Neither will it be the end for bright pink at the Oasis.

"We've just bought a little pink car which will be parked outside the hotel," she added.

She said they had had "fantastic support" during the year-long controversy.

Media coverage over the colour has also made the hotel well known both locally and further afield.

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The Oasis Hotel on Llandudno promenade has become well-known as 'the pink hotel'

"We've had post just addressed to the 'Pink Hotel'.

"We've only had six complaints and had support from over 700 people in letters, e-mails and petitions.

"It's raised a few laughs and cheered people up a bit during this time."

She said the hotel's bright pink features would now be replaced with a more muted tone.

She said the bright colour was accidentally used on the window frames and pillars while redecorating the hotel.

Mrs Blanchard said the pastel pink shade previously used had been discontinued so they chose a slightly deeper shade.

However, she said a wrong shade - which was an even brighter pink - was delivered and used by the painter.

She said they decided to keep it as it as Llandudno "could benefit from more bright coloured buildings".

But councillors refused planning consent for the new shade of pink last July.

Oasis, Llandudno
The hotel's window frames, pillars and features were painted a bright pink

They said the bright colour did not fit the strict criteria for pastel shades for hotels on the promenade, which is within the Llandudno Conservation Area.

Emyr Hughes of the Planning Inspectorate for Wales agreed as he dismissed the Blanchards' appeal.

In his report, he said: "In my view, the bold pink colour used to highlight elements of the fašade, which is outside the deliberately narrow range of colours in the approved colour scheme, stands out against the more muted colours of adjoining buildings.

"This gives the building an unduly prominent appearance in the street scene such that the frontage does not have the appearance of almost being a single architectural composition."

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