New jobs up for grabs?

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

A PROPOSED extension of a village hotel in Somerset could create a handful of new jobs.

A PROPOSED extension of a village hotel in Somerset could create a handful of new jobs.

Plans for 20 new rooms including 14 bedrooms and a large conference room to seat up to 100 people have been put forward to Sedgemoor District Council from the owners of The Fox and Goose Inn in Brent Knoll.

The proposal, from applicant Brent Knoll Manor Ltd, says that two full-time and five part-time jobs would be needed to add to the current work force of 16.

The hotel, on the A38 Bristol Road near Burnham, will also require an additional 40 car parking spaces, totalling 80.

If planners approve the expansion a two-storey extension will be built onto the bedroom wing located on the east side of the building, which will also include a new suite for disabled people.

A further single storey extension to the current meeting room will be needed for the new conference area as well as store rooms, a servery and toilet facilities.

The car park will undergo tree planting and soft landscaping.

An online comment on the application, from joint manager Vasos Louca said: "Business has increased steadily.

"In particular there is a strong demand for business conferences because of the convenient situation of the premises close to the motorway interchange.

"Additional conference facilities could double up for functions such as weddings which there is also a need for.

"There are also times when the number of the accommodation rooms we have are inadequate and we have to turn away business."

Members of the public have until February 3 to comment on the proposal.

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