New £12million Holiday Inn Express could be built in Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 April 2017

An artist impression of the hotel. Picture credit: Mountford Pigott and Dowlas UK

An artist impression of the hotel. Picture credit: Mountford Pigott and Dowlas UK

Mountford Pigott and Dowlas UK

An international hotel chain hopes to build a multi-million-pound, 119-room building in Weston-super-Mare.

An artist impression of the hotel. Picture credit: Mountford Pigott and Dowlas UKAn artist impression of the hotel. Picture credit: Mountford Pigott and Dowlas UK

Dowlas UK – which owns the Weston Gateway Business Park – has asked North Somerset Council for full planning permission to build a Holiday Inn Express in the business park, off Filers Way, which would create approximately 100 full-time jobs.

The £12million hotel could take over one of four available sites to make up part of the M5 Junction 21 Enterprise Zone – alongside Knightstone Housing Association, the new police station and The Super Mare pub.

If planning permission is granted, work will begin immediately and the hotel could open for business at the end of next year.

The building would be five storeys high, with 119 rooms, a kitchen and restaurant area, toilets, storage space and a reception area.

An artist impression of the hotel. Picture credit: Mountford Pigott and Dowlas UKAn artist impression of the hotel. Picture credit: Mountford Pigott and Dowlas UK

There would also be a meeting room and conference facilities as well as a 112-space car park and attractive landscaping.

In the application, Dowlas UK says: “This planning application is important to ensure the business park remains attractive to the market and improve the prospects of attracting occupiers.”

It adds that the application has been made with the council’s local plan and core strategy in mind, hoping to meet the authority’s vision for the town and wider community.

The council’s core strategy says: “By 2026, Weston will have an image as an enjoyable and attractive place to live and visit, with a strong cultural identity and good employment base, and successful and thriving communities.”

The council also said employment is a ‘key priority’ for next few years, as it hopes to create 10,500 jobs.

Dowlas UK will support the council’s strategy with its developments in the business park and this hotel could create 100 jobs.

The application is now open to consultation and people can comment on it before May 4.

To view the full application and comment on it, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk and search 17/P0783/F


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