New vision unveiled for tenby town centre

A major new mixed-use scheme which will breathe fresh life into a large area of Tenby town centre is to be the subject of a detailed planning application in the next few weeks.

The development, if approved, will provide a prestigious landmark building at the town’s Eastern gateway which fronts the entrance of High Street.

The building will provide an example of seaside architecture being preserved and enhanced. The area has been seen by the planning authorities as one in need of substantial investment.

The South Wales-based developer for the regeneration, Dovey Estates, is working in close co-operation with the officers of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

The scheme will provide economic benefit and amenities to the town while preserving a historical part of Tenby.

The main scheme encompasses The Royal Gatehouse Hotel, the adjoining properties Milford House and Kent House, the cinema, the former petrol station and The Royal Lion Hotel.

The Royal Gatehouse Hotel, Milford House, Kent House, and the dormant former petrol station site will be utilised for a residential scheme with a small area of retail on the ground floor and underground parking facilities for apartments.

The cinema will be replaced by a new cinema. The former petrol station and part of the yard will provide an attractive town house development while The Royal Lion Hotel will be upgraded significantly with external restoration, creation of banqueting and conference facilities and provision of high quality hotel suites.

A secondary scheme is proposed for The Delphi Apartments, South Parade. The proposal will provide opportunity to replace the existing uninspiring building and dramatically improve pedestrian access with a new covered walkway alongside a high-quality ground floor retail scheme.

The upper floors will be developed in conjunction with Pembrokeshire Housing Association to meet local housing needs.

Architect for the development is Chichester Nunns Partnership, Cardiff, architects and town planners.