Travelodge plans given 'thumbs down' by councillors
councillors have this week given a 'thumbs down' to plans to build
a new 75-bed Travelodge hotel in Highbridge.
a meeting last night (Wednesday), members of the council's Planning
Applications Committee expressed concern about the proposals and
voted to object against the scheme.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here,
Travelodge wants to build a four-storey hotel with 75 bedrooms,
75 parking spaces, and a built-in cafe/bar, on vacant land to the
east of Bennett Road on the Isleport Business Park.
councillors feel the hotel contravenes Sedgemoor District Council's
own vision for the business park as it would not generate highly
skilled jobs, would add to road congestion in the area, and does
not include any renewable energy plans. Councillors also want a
retail impact statement to understand the impact on Burnham and
Highbridge town centres.
a statement read out at the meeting, Burnham Chamber Of Trade said
that while it welcomes inward investment into the area, it is concerned
that the plans could take away trade from existing accommodation
providers and food businesses, and also affect coach numbers in
the town centre when a council-supported project is underway to
attract more coach visitors into Burnham.
read out from the owner of Burnham's Royal Clarence Hotel also expressed
concern about the negative impact on local accommodation providers,
food retailers and transport access around the proposed site.
Peter Burridge Clayton said: "I do have sympathy with the concerns
- my opinion is that the hotel users would stay there and use the
cafe and Aldi, which will mean it will have an affect on our town
centres in Burnham and Highbridge."
John Parkes added: "A 75-bed hotel will create jobs, but they
will be 16 part time roles and just six full time roles. Also, I'm
at a loss to understand how a Travelodge, an Aldi and a food outlet
will support our service centres. I think it will have a negative
effect on Burnham, but a major impact on Highbridge."
Nick Tolley added: "The building looks like a prison block
from the drawings, but I note that we don't have many places to
stay locally for large groups of people - many currently stay at
the hotel at the Hobbs Boat at Lympsham, far away from Burnham and
Martin Cox added: "While I have a lot of sympathy with the
concerns, competition is not grounds to stop this. Travelodges are
always based on the outskirts of towns, as planned here, so maybe
they should be contributing funding to our town centres."
also criticised the appearance of the proposed hotel. Cllr Louise
Parkin said it resembles "Cell Block H" while Cllr Andy
Brewer remarked that it is "aesthetically unpleasing"
and not in keeping with other commercial buildings. Cllr
Cox added it has "no architectural merit" and said a different
location for the hotel should be found that is not detrimental to
the two town centres.
decided to object against the plans, however the final decision
rests with Sedgemoor District Council, which will consider the plans
approved, the Travelodge would be located next to the town's planned
new Aldi superstore, pictured in the plans above, which was approved
by Sedgemoor District Council in May.
District Council is welcoming comments on the Travelodge application
- reference number 11/17/00096 - until the deadline of August 25th
when consultation closes.