Save The Three Cups Hotel

The Three Cups Hotel

Campaigning for preservation of the hotel where J.R.R. Tolkien stayed and gained inspiration for his mythology. Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, Tennyson and H.W. Longfellow were also guests. The hotel featured in the film, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”. Please send articles to me, Andrew Townsend, at or add a comment. Thanks to David Moss for all his work. Comments are closed at WDDC for the plans to redevelop the site but you can still write to the papers.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Extract from Lyme Regis Society March 2005 Newsletter

Written by the member of the LRS Committee who is responsible for planning matters

As many will know, the application to turn the Bay Hotel into flats was refused by District Councillors despite officers’ recommendation to approve. This refusal was the result of four weeks’ hard work by an ad hoc group of objectors, who researched the council’s Local Plans, came up with nine Policies which the application contravened, and mailed a complete and comprehensive analysis to all members of the Planning Committee, supported by sixty letters of objection and a petition which acquired 400 names in one day. Thank you also to the some sixty residents who came to the planning meeting to give us support.

In all such decisions there is a tension between an owner’s right to do what he likes with his property, and his obligations to the community which sustains him. Clearly it is possible for an applicant to capitalise on the attractiveness of the seafront and the town into which he has bought, but there may then be a disadvantage to the town if such an application is approved. It is to be hoped that the owner will not appeal against the refusal, but that the hotel (and garage) will now continue to function in a way that will provide benefits to the community.

We hope that this decision will encourage the District Council to look more closely and critically at any further applications for change of use of hotels.


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