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'Stagnant' tourism industry could stop five star hotel build on derelict site

What the luxury hotel is supposed to look like Credit: Lovell Ozanne

Guernsey's "stagnant" tourism industry could mean a five star hotel development on derelict land may never happen.

Planning permission was given for the luxury build at the Idlerocks in 2014, but no work to clear or build on the site has happened.

The hotel originally on the site burned down in 2003, and the Parish Constable says it's left "an eyesore".

But, developers who own the site say they want to see a more buoyant tourism sector before work goes ahead, as well as cheaper and more reliable travel links.

Vice-President of Guernsey’s Economic Development Committee even described the tourism sector as "stagnant".

The investors have said one of the reasons is the resilience of our sea links and the cost and choice of air links. The other thing that was an issue for these investors were that they felt there was no value or commercial basis for building a 40 room hotel.

– Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher, Economic Development Committee

The Development and Planning Authority has declined to comment.