Premier Inn plans for Buxton to be decided

Councillors are set to decide next week on whether to grant permission for a new Premier Inn in Buxton.
Councillors are set to decide next week on whether to grant permission for a new Premier Inn in Buxton.

Plans for a new Premier Inn in Buxton look set to get the green light next week.

Members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee will consider the application to demolish the former Robin Hood pub on London Road and replace it with a 60-bedroom Premier Inn on Monday.

The proposed hotel, pictured right, will be three storeys high and will also have a bar, restaurant and 60 car parking spaces.

The development has been recommended for approval by council officers.

Nick Johnston, Acquisition Manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, who is leading the development, said: “I am delighted with the recommendation from the planning officer.

“We have worked really hard to create a design that respects its surroundings.

“I am proud of what we have created and I am certain the hotel will be positive addition to the town.

“We’re fully committed to the site, ready to invest, and if our plans are approved on Monday we will be open and trading by early 2016.

“It’s time the Robin Hood site was put to a better use and we hope members will back the benefits that a new Premier Inn hotel will bring to Buxton.”

A report to go before councillors next week shows eleven letters in support of the application have been received with respondents saying it will be a great addition to the services in Buxton, will help the town grow, sort out the eyesore building and provide a much needed local amenity for local residents who want to walk to a local pub.

One letter of objection has been received raising concerns that smaller B&Bs will go out of business because of the low prices and two letters containing comments about the design of the building have also been received.

The development will create around 40 full-time jobs.