End of the day for Catacol Bay

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The Catacol Bay Hotel has shut its doors for the last time.

The northend hotel which closed at the end of September was run for nearly 40 years by owner Dave Ashcroft and his family before its sale.

However, it has now emerged that the new owners have no plans to reopen the hotel and are seeking planning permission for a change of use back to a residential dwelling house as it was originally built.

The application is in the name of  Mrs Ann Turner-Swan who have hired Ayr based Edesign Architecture and Planning Ltd to assist the process with North Ayrshire Council planners.

The new owners say that the originally planned to operate the hotel, however following a further review, of the upgrading works required, the view has been taken to convert the building back to a single five-bedroomed residential property.

The history of property shows that the original use of the building was as a Manse House and it was subsequently converted to a hotel.  The original house name of Craigard is also being restored.

A statement, supporting the application says: ‘The Catacol Bay Hotel has been operating as a hotel since the early 1970’s under one owner. However, more recently the business has suffered a clear decline in trade and this impact on trade has been un-sustainable resulting in the owners making the difficult decision to cease trading and retire.

‘This decline in business was compounded by the level of investment required to undergo a relatively comprehensive scheme of upgrading works in order to modernise the hotel and its facilites. the hotel and businesses was subsequently actively marketed for a period of two years, with little or no interest from any potential purchasers.

‘These proposed alternations are minimal internal alterations with external visual improvements to the buildings form, such as the removal of the existing flat roof to the front porch area and replacement with a mono pitched slated roof and the removal of large upvc windowns to the front and replacement with new vertial proportioned windows. Other smaller alterations include the removal of the fire escape stair well to the gable elevation and the removed of large extraction systems from the existing kitchen area.’

The change of use application is currently under consideration by North Ayrshire Council planners.