Buxton Premier Inn plans gain pace

A CGI image of what the Premier Inn hotel in Buxton. Photo contributed.
A CGI image of what the Premier Inn hotel in Buxton. Photo contributed.

Premier Inn has submitted plans to redevelop a Buxton pub into a 60-bed hotel, after unveiling the £5 million proposal in summer.

The budget hotel chain revealed the scheme for the vacant Robin Hood site, on London Road, which closed down in May, at a public consultation in June.

According to developers Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company, more than 98 per cent of respondents supported the plans.

Nick Johnson, acquisition manager, said: “Buxton is a beautiful town in an exceptional setting and we have spent a lot of time creating a design which suits its surroundings. I am pleased with what we have created and with our application now submitted, we are looking forward to the next stage of the planning process and getting closer to starting on site. We have a lot to contribute to Buxton and we are raring to go.”

The proposals include a 60-cover on-site restaurant, car parking, bicycle storage and landscaping.

If the plans are approved by High Peak Borough Council later this year, the business is expected to start clearing the site immediately with a view to having the hotel open and trading by early 2016. To view the application and comment, visit highpeak.gov.uk and search for HPK/2014/0456.