Former Bognor Regis seafront hotel could become six flats and 10-bed co-living unit

It is planned to change the use of the Ancient Mariner Hotel, 59 West Street, from a single residential building.

A planning statement from Whaleback Planning and Design filed with the application to the Arun District Council stated that the building on the corner of the Esplanade operated as a hotel before being converted into a home.

In the Steyne Conservation Area it is four-story at the front and a three-story wing at the rear.

Plans have been submitted for six apartments and one 10 bedroom unit at the Ancient Mariner, West Street, Bognor Regis. Photo: Google Streetview

Two one-room apartments on the ground floor, one two-room apartment on the first floor, one three-room apartment on the first to second floors and two one-room apartments on the second floor are proposed.

The co-living unit would be in the wing and offer a shared living, dining and kitchen area as well as a small outdoor area.

It would have two en-suite bedrooms on the main floor, four on the first floor, and four on the second floor.

“The proposed 10-bed co-living unit would be operated in the manner of a house with multiple occupancy, but a high standard of accommodation with a large, high-quality common room and all bedrooms with their own bathroom is proposed,” said the statement.

“The accommodation would be marketed to young professionals who offer a more affordable type of accommodation than a standalone apartment and enable a communal lifestyle that many young people prefer to live alone in a studio or bedroom.”

The location meant that the residents were not dependent on private transport.

To view the application and comment, visit the Arun District Council’s planning portal and use search reference BR / 247/21 / PL.

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