Unveiled... the £50m plans to transform Torquay's Palace Hotel
THE extent of £50million plans to build a dream holiday resort based around Torquay's Palace Hotel have been revealed.
Developers' proposals extend beyond the Babbacombe Road hotel's 28-acre site to include Ansteys Cove, Redgate Beach and the Stoodley Knowle football pitch at Wellswood.
If it gets the planners' go-ahead the whole thing would be connected by a series of gondola-style ski lifts running from the hotel and Wellswood and down the steeply wooded slope to the beach.
The plans, which have the backing of Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver, also include the reinstatement of Redgate Beach which has been closed to the public for 15 years.
Drawings on show at a public consultation meeting at the hotel show how the dangerous cliff-fall section would be protected and a 'safe zone' created with decking and a mini-marina of pontoons, restaurants and apartments.
The drawings also reveal chalet-style wooden lodges around the hotel's golf course.
Four lodges are also pictured on the Stoodley Knowle playing fields, with one of the 'sky lift' stations sited next to the play park at Ilsham Road.
The whole scheme hangs around getting planning permission for four blocks of 135 apartments on the hotel's existing tennis courts.
If that goes ahead it will fund a major redevelopment of the hotel, increasing to 160-bedrooms with an extra penthouse storey, new spa and infinity pools and new restaurants.
The beach plans show the popular existing cafe will remain, but they also talk about a 'new boutique restaurant', dive centre, public toilets and a block of luxury apartments.
The drawings were revealed by Mapstone Developers at a public consultation meeting at the Palace Hotel.
Jack Turton, of Mapstone, said backers are in place for the scheme.
Work could begin in the spring of 2014 if planners give the go-ahead.
To see more details and comment on the proposals, go to Mapstonedevelopments.co.uk