Plans to build a new hotel on the site of the 1930s Grand Hotel in Sandown on the Isle of Wight could be thwarted if councillors decide not to allow the existing building to be demolished.
Sandown-based Isle of Wight Hotels Ltd will have to have its plans to demolish the seafront hotel reviewed next week, after local planning officers recommended that plans for a new five-storey, 53-bedroom replacement be rejected by the planning committee, according to the Isle of Wight County Press.
The planning officers said the plans would result in the loss of a prominent historical building and that the replacement would have an "unacceptable and intrusive impact" on the character of the area.
The application has attracted 32 letters of objection and two letters of support.
Sandown Town Council has not objected to the scheme and argued a new, purpose-built, first class hotel would aid the town's regeneration.