CHANGING customer desires could see more B&Bs facing closure in the future, a planning committee chairman has predicted.
Worthing Borough Council’s Joan Bradley made the comment after the committee approved a change of use application for the Parkhouse, in St George’s Road, Worthing, last Wednesday.
The B&B’s owner. Martyn Smith, made the application for health and business reasons, as he struggled to keep the business afloat.
He cited the loss of the national bowls championships and the imminent arrival of Premier Inn on Worthing seafront, among other reasons, for the application.
He said: “Premier Inn is great news for the town and will significantly increase the total number of bed spaces.
“Worthing will not miss the loss of the Parkhouse.”
The committee heard that Mr Smith had ‘no plan B’ if his application was rejected and that his health issues left him struggling to run the business on a daily basis.
Approving the application, councillors lamented the loss of the B&B but felt it was the correct decision.
Mrs Bradley said: “I really do empathise with this man because it is a difficult position. People are looking for something different, rather than traditional B&Bs.
“I predict that we will probably see more withdrawals in the future.”