New Basingstoke hotel to be a Premier Inn instead of Travelodge

Andover Advertiser: An artist's impression of the new hotel An artist's impression of the new hotel

A SECOND application has been made to demolish a Basingstoke office block and build a hotel in its place.

Developer Fishron and hotel chain Premier Inn Hotels have jointly applied to replace Barclay House, in Victoria Street, with a five-storey hotel with 81 bedrooms.

The application to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council comes just months after a similar plan for the site, made by Fishron and Travelodge, gained planning permission.

This new application by Premier Inn has surfaced after the Travelodge plans fell through. That plan was for an 88-bed hotel and included a ground floor retail unit or restaurant The new plan has fewer bedrooms and does not include the ground floor retail unit. However, there will be a coffee shop open to the public within the hotel.

The coffee shop is believed to be a Costa Coffee.

A statement included with the application says: “The current application represents an alternative form of hotel development to the approved scheme, without the [retail] units.

“Given that the proposed scheme does not differ significantly from the previous approval... the applicants did not consider that further public consultation was required in connection with the revised application.”

It is estimated that the Premier Inn proposal will create 30 full and part-time jobs, and that guests visiting the hotel would contribute upwards of £1million a year to the local economy.

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9:34am Mon 4 Feb 13

BasingstokeOne says...

Guests will contribute £1m to the local economy?

Stand by for the hoards of tourists whose only reason for not visiting Basingstoke was that it didn't have enough Premier Inns.
Guests will contribute £1m to the local economy? Stand by for the hoards of tourists whose only reason for not visiting Basingstoke was that it didn't have enough Premier Inns. BasingstokeOne

10:51am Mon 4 Feb 13

robertspet8 says...

BasingstokeOne wrote:
Guests will contribute £1m to the local economy? Stand by for the hoards of tourists whose only reason for not visiting Basingstoke was that it didn't have enough Premier Inns.
The article does not say that this is additional money. Like you I cannot imagine that the presence of a Premier Inn will increase the number of visitors to Basingstoke. All it will do is offer further choice to those who already come here.
[quote][p][bold]BasingstokeOne[/bold] wrote: Guests will contribute £1m to the local economy? Stand by for the hoards of tourists whose only reason for not visiting Basingstoke was that it didn't have enough Premier Inns.[/p][/quote]The article does not say that this is additional money. Like you I cannot imagine that the presence of a Premier Inn will increase the number of visitors to Basingstoke. All it will do is offer further choice to those who already come here. robertspet8

11:36am Mon 4 Feb 13

BasingstokeOne says...

Agreed more choice is good. But why mention the £1m in the article (or the planning application). It is pretty irrelevant if it is not additional money - whether is is £1, £1m or £10m.
Agreed more choice is good. But why mention the £1m in the article (or the planning application). It is pretty irrelevant if it is not additional money - whether is is £1, £1m or £10m. BasingstokeOne

2:49pm Mon 4 Feb 13

robertspet8 says...

I agree that choice is good, but the hotels who lose business to the new Premier Inn might beg to differ.
Why indeed mention £1m? Where does it come from? It equates to £31 per room per night for the local economy. Doesn't sound a lot to me, but as you say it does not matter because it is not extra money anyway.
I agree that choice is good, but the hotels who lose business to the new Premier Inn might beg to differ. Why indeed mention £1m? Where does it come from? It equates to £31 per room per night for the local economy. Doesn't sound a lot to me, but as you say it does not matter because it is not extra money anyway. robertspet8

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