Travelodge plans approved by council

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 October 2017

The proposed Travelodge in Highbridge. Picture: HFP

The proposed Travelodge in Highbridge. Picture: HFP

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Plans to build a Travelodge hotel in Highbridge have been given the green light by Sedgemoor District Council.

The council’s development committee approved the proposals for a 75-bedroom hotel during a meeting on Tuesday.

It means work can now start on the site to the east of Bennett Road in Isleport Business Park.

Wells MP James Heappey has welcomed the decision and believes it will allow the town to ‘compete’ with both Weston and Bridgwater.

He said: “I welcome the decision to allow a Travelodge in Highbridge.

“The extra hotel capacity in Burnham and Highbridge is much-needed, especially as so much is being built in Bridgwater and more is planned in Weston too.

“There was a real danger that with so many hotel rooms becoming available off the M5 junctions to our north and south, Burnham and Highbridge would miss out.

“The decision will ensure we continue to compete with Bridgwater and Weston while the Travelodge offer should sit neatly alongside the excellent hotels and guest houses which are already in the town.”

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Bob Filmer, chairman of the council’s development committee, added: “The Travelodge helps to secure the position of the Isleport Business Park and encourages visiting business people to stay locally.

“The application had significant local support and the new Travelodge is viewed widely as not just an investment in Highbridge, but an investment in Sedgemoor on the whole.”

When complete, it is estimated the hotel will lead to the creation of five full-time and 16 part-time jobs.

The business will also include a café bar and 75 car parking spaces.

It is the latest in a series of developments at the business park, with an Aldi supermarket given planning permission in May and rumours of a fast food restaurant to come.

Critics of the hotel plan have raised concerns about the design of the building and the impact it may have on businesses in the centre of Highbridge.

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, which voted against the hotel, suggested it goes against Sedgemoor District Council’s plan for the business park to be used for industrial and warehouse use.

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