Flats plan for town cen­tre ho­tel Os­sian’s

The Oban Times - - News -

A FORT Wil­liam ho­tel could be trans­formed into 32 res­i­den­tial flats for peo­ple over the age of 55.

High Street ho­tel Os­sian’s has sub­mit­ted plan­ning per­mis­sion to the Highland Coun­cil to con­vert the build­ing into 32 one­and two-bed­room flats.

The ho­tel was built around 1900 and ex­tended in the 1960s when it was bought by Wig­gins Teape to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for work­men build­ing and op­er­at­ing the pulp and pa­per mill. It re­turned to be­ing a ho­tel in the 1970s and has been owned and op­er­ated by Derek and Janice Wal­lace since 1994.

Pre­vi­ously de­scribed as ‘ Fort Wil­liam’s ugli­est build­ing’, it cur­rently op­er­ates around seven months of the year, with 35 bed­rooms across four floors.

The ex­ist­ing bar/restau­rant will re­lo­cate to the base­ment.

A sup­port­ing state­ment to the coun­cil said: ‘One group in par­tic­u­lar, pre-re­tire­ment, re­tired and el­derly, fre­quently look for town cen­tre ac­com­mo­da­tion which gives them eas­ier ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port and ser­vices.

‘This age group is ris­ing in num­bers rapidly and is pre­dicted to keep ris­ing. This group has spe­cific needs and re­quire­ments as they down­size, so the de­mand is for high qual­ity, low main­te­nance, en­ergy ef­fi­cient and se­cure ac­com­mo­da­tion, which can adapt as their needs change with age.

‘This will be achieved with two lifts as well as two stair ac­cesses, all from Mid­dle Street, wider door­ways, a so­lar roof, triple glaz­ing and an en­try sys­tem.’

The High Street lo­ca­tion will re­duce the re­liance on pri­vate cars and in­crease the use of pub­lic trans­port.

‘We ac­knowl­edge town cen­tre car park­ing is re­stricted, but with 32 flats re­plac­ing 35 bed­rooms, pos­si­bly 75 guests, we do not see any in­crease to park­ing de­mands.

‘The de­vel­op­ment owns a small car park, on Mid­dle Street, op­po­site the build­ing. This is presently used by the ho­tel and has 10 park­ing bays.

‘To as­sist with this, re­duce car run­ning costs and re­duce car­bon emis­sions, we in­tend to use the present ho­tel car park to house a small fleet of pool cars.

‘This will most prob­a­bly be three elec­tric cars for short dis­tance travel, and five con­ven­tional cars, but con­sul­ta­tion with the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion will de­ter­mine the best ra­tio.

‘Charg­ing points will be placed in the ded­i­cated park­ing lot. A res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion will be set up to or­gan­ise and mon­i­tor use of this fleet. The cars will be avail­able for res­i­dents who choose to opt in to the sys­tem.’

View of Os­sian’s Ho­tel from Mid­dle Street.

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