Multi-million pound dream for pier

A SUFFOLK pier could be set for a multi-million pound revamp which includes building a new four star luxury hotel.

A SUFFOLK pier could be set for a multi-million pound revamp which includes building a new four star luxury hotel.

Stephen Bournes, who along with his wife Antonia bought Southwold Pier in 2005, hopes the investment will encourage people to visit the popular seaside resort all year round and provide a boost to the local tourist industry during the quiet winter months.

He has already submitted proposals to the district authority and tonight they will be discussed by members of the town council.

Permission to build ten two bedroom apartments on the upper floor of Southwold Pier along with other improvements was granted in April 2007.

But it was decided the accommodation could only be used on a seasonal basis and Mr Bournes hopes the new plans for a hotel will result in the condition being removed so it can be used throughout the winter.

The proposals - which will cost in the region of �4m - include demolishing the existing pavilion building and creating a new five storey structure that will feature a 34-bedroom, four-star luxury hotel.

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There are also plans to improve the existing amusement arcade, re-model the kitchen, extend the caf�, create a new bar and replace the Beachcomber Bar with a multi function room to be used by members of the community.

It is hoped the hotel will also have the added advantage of being able to cater for conferences, staff training and corporate entertainment throughout the year.

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