Friday, August 12, 2016

News: Opposition to Premier Inn plans

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Whitbread plc has encountered local opposition to its plans for an extension to the existing Premier Inn hotel in Rotherham that would provide an extra 21 bedrooms.

The site at Brecks includes the existing Premier Inn Hotel and Beefeater restaurant with landscaping and car parking spaces. The hotel provides 67 bedrooms and the restaurant provides 144 seats for customers.

Expansion plans are back on the table after operators recognised a requirement for additional rooms in the area. The existing hotel is one of the group's best performing facilities in the region, as measured by occupancy and turn-away data.

Nearby residents and users of the Sainsbury's Local store, snooker club and dance studio adjacent to the planning site have raised objections on the grounds of loss of car parking, traffic and over-development.

The plans involve creating a 7,000 sq ft three storey extension to the existing main block on an area comprising car parking in the eastern part of the site. The proposals will result in the net loss of 12 spaces.

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The plans state: "The existing car park comprises 94 spaces including 11 disabled bays. Patrons and staff are permitted to use the 16 spaces on land adjacent to the site neighbouring the Sainsbury's Local store. It is proposed to reconfigure the existing car park inside the application site to provide a total of 82 spaces. The 16 spaces adjoining the site will be available for continued use."

Following from informal pre-application engagement with the Council, the proposals have been designed to minimise the number of rooms facing north. In addition, consideration has been given to the siting of the extended development in order to minimise any impact on the amenity of the properties to the north.

Plans for a £9m 80-bed Premier hotel and restaurant at Templeborough were recommended to be refused by the council's planning board in 2012, in a bid to protect Rotherham town centre.

Premier Inn website

Images: Premier Inn / AllisonPike Architects


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