Travelodge plans for Highbridge hotel

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 August 2017

Travelodge wants to build the hotel near an Aldi store in Highbridge.

Travelodge wants to build the hotel near an Aldi store in Highbridge.

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A 75-bedroom hotel could be built at a business park in Highbridge.

An application for full planning permission has been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council to build a Travelodge on undeveloped land to the east of Bennett Road on the Isleport Business Park.

Applicant ERC Developments has revealed the four-storey building will include a café bar and 75 parking spaces.

If approved, the hotel will also create five full-time and 16 part-time jobs.

The application’s design and access statement says: “The site setting provides an opportunity to develop an interesting scheme, interpreting existing features in a modern design whilst respecting the context.

“The proposed development is viewed as an appropriate addition to the surrounding area.

“The proposed hotel is an appropriate use on this particular site, having a good location in relation to the M5 and access road to the business park.”

The hotel is the latest in a series of potential developments in Highbridge, with the site next to the location of a planned new Aldi store which was given planning permission by the district council in May.

There is also speculation that a McDonald’s drive-through restaurant is earmarked for the area.

But there is concern over plans for a new convenience store at a former industrial estate in Morland Road.

Although it was given the go ahead two years ago, town councillors have lodged a formal objection to the developer’s plans to allow deliveries to take place outside of the previously agreed 7am-11pm window.

Cllr John Parkes believes deliveries being made outside of these times will cause problems for families in the area.

He said: “My concerns with the revised application were to do with the delivery of newspapers and magazines outside of the restricted hours – very early morning and very late evening.

“The new estate on the ex-Morland Industrial Estate has a demographic composed of families with young children.

“Any changes to these conditions in my view will clearly affect those families.”

The consultation period for the Travelodge application expires on August 25.

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