Tom Wright, Reporter
Friday, February 28, 2014
A PROPOSED hotel at Bristol Airport is going to go back before planners following a redesign.
Letters have been sent to people living near the Lulsgate site informing them changes are being made to make the hotel look more attractive.
North Somerset Council gave planning permission in October 2010 but under new plans the hotel will be built in two phases, as part of the airport’s £150million expansion.
The first would see a 201-bedroom hotel built with all the facilities, before an extra 50 rooms are added to the north wing.
A 133-space car park for hotel users, a cycle storage area and landscaping are also planned.
The proposed hotel is no bigger than the original design accepted by North Somerset Council. It also includes conference rooms, a restaurant and bar area plus a fitness room.
A preferred operator for the site has been identified, although no details have been made public.
An airport spokesman said: “A hotel would provide passengers departing early in the morning or arriving late in the evening with a convenient location at which to break their journey.
“Bristol is currently the only one of the UK’s top 16 airports without an on-site hotel. A hotel forms part of the overall vision for enhanced passenger facilities.”
Having a hotel on site would make Bristol Airport more attractive to airlines offering long-haul flights.
Robert Sinclair, its chief executive, has made no secret of his desire to see Trans-Atlantic flights return to Bristol as well as potential new routes to the Middle East.