Residents have been warned to expect ‘chaos’ on nearby roads when construction work starts at the Lymm Hotel site.
The historic site, on Whitbarrow Road, closed on Sunday and demolition work is expected to start in a number of weeks.
Lymm Villafont Ltd’s application to bulldoze it and build a 66-bed residential care home, 45 retirement apartments and a children’s nursery in its place were approved by the development management committee in December.
More than 180 objections to the application were submitted by residents.
Former council leader Cllr Ian Marks (LD – Lymm North and Thelwall) believes it was a ‘disgraceful decision’.
He said: “Lymm councillors and residents were extremely disappointed, angry and saddened with the decision to award planning permission for a large development on the site of the Lymm Hotel.
“The concerns of over 180 residents were ignored and the decision has been made by people who don’t even live in Lymm so cannot have direct experience of our worries.
“We have been well and truly let down and nothing can be done now.”
Issues over highway safety, as well as parking, have also been highlighted ahead of building work.
Cllr Ryan Bate (LD – Grappenhall), the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Warrington South, added: “When the demolition takes place and then when the new construction starts there will be chaos on the roads nearby.
“From my time at Lymm High School I am very familiar with the area.
“The road by the golf club is very dangerous and cars are forced to mount the pavement to pass each other.
“The far end of Statham Avenue is a private unmade section of road with a dangerous exit onto Barsbank Lane.”
The hotel has a rich history in Lymm, playing host to the Brazil team during the 1966 World Cup and acting as the starting point for village celebrations such as Dickensian Day.