60-bed Premier Inn in Buxton given go-ahead

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.

A new Premier Inn in Buxton, which will create around 40 jobs, has been given the go-ahead this week.

Members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee unanimously approved the application, to demolish the former Robin Hood pub on London Road and replace it with the 60-bed hotel, at a meeting on Monday.

The hotel will be three storeys tall and will also have a bar, restaurant and 60 car parking spaces.

Speaking on behalf of the applicant, Sam Grant said: “The Peak District has long been a target for Premier Inn. They have been searching for a suitable site in Buxton for over ten years.

“This hotel will bring in approximately 20,000 additional visitors to Buxton.

“It will be a long-term boost to the local economy as well as the initial investment of approximately £5 million in the development stage.”

A public consultation had been held before the plans were submitted, with many locals being in favour of the scheme, the meeting heard.

Cllr John Faulkner said: “I think this is a good application which will benefit the town. This is a budget hotel, although the quality is very good, and this is something that is lacking in Buxton.

“As far as B&Bs are concerned in Buxton, I don’t think they have anything to fear because different people want different things.”

And Cllr Graham Oakley added: “I think it is a case of ‘what is not to like about this’. It is going to replace a rather shabby building, which was probably rather grand in its day. I think it’s a really good design.”

A number of other sites in the town had been considered by the company, including the former Nestle site and a site on Market Street, but these were not found to viable, the meeting heard.

Speaking after the meeting, Nick Johnston, Acquisition Manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, who is leading the development, said: “To have a resolution to grant a new 60-bedroom Premier Inn on the London Road site is fantastic news.

“I would like to thank everyone who took an interest in our plans and made comments directly to High Peak Borough Council. The feedback was invaluable.

“We will now be working hard to agree the details of the planning application and are aiming to start on site in early 2015.

“We look forward to becoming part of Buxton’s business community.”