of Highbridge Travelodge plans welcomed by town's MP
and Highbridge's MP has welcomed the news that plans for a new 75-bed
Travelodge hotel in Highbridge have this week been given the final
go-ahead by Sedgemoor District Councillors.
first reported here,
the council's Development Committee met on Tuesday in Bridgwater
where they gave approval to the controversial Highbridge hotel on
the Isleport Business Park.
James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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-Super-Mare
was a real danger that with so many new hotel rooms becoming available
off the M5 junctions to our north and south, Burnham and Highbridge
would lose out."
decision will ensure we can continue to compete with Bridgwater
and Weston whilst the Travelodge offer should sit neatly alongside
the excellent hotels and guest houses that are already in the town."
council's planning officer Dawn de Vries had recommended that the
hotel be approved - and the council's committee members agreed,
granting consent despite an objection from the Town Council.
proposal would bring investment and jobs to the area as well as
enhancing the image of the area as a business and tourist location,"
Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here,
Travelodge is to build a four-storey hotel with 75 bedrooms, 75
parking spaces, and a cafe/bar on vacant land to the east of Bennett
Road on the Isleport Business Park.
it has been approved, the Travelodge will be located next to Highbridge's
planned new Aldi superstore.
new store, pictured in the plans above, was approved by Sedgemoor
District Council back in May and is expected to be built during