A HOTEL in Minehead has received planning permission to be turned into flats after competition within the town has grown. 

Ian Daniels, of Waverley Hotel, Tregonwell Road, was granted permission by West Somerset Council to turn the hotel into eight one-bedroom flats.

It is believed Mr Daniels wished to find an alternative use for the hotel due to competition of other hotels in Minehead. 

The site is currently used as a 14-bedroom hotel with owners' accommodation. 

The permission outlines that Mr Daniels can begin the works within the next three years. 

Minehead Town Council's planning committee saw no material planning reason to refuse the application but the inadequate parking caused concern for members. 

Adam Elston, Architectural Studio, representing Mr Daniels, said: "The loss of the hotel is simply due to the new competition within the town, such as the Premier Inn along Seaward Way.

"The applicant is no longer able to compete with the large hotel chain and therefore has proposed an alternative use for the building."

To view the application search number 3/21/17/087 on the West Somerset Council planning website.