Decision due on hotel's expansion plans

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Plans to expand a town centre hotel are set to be determined by Cheshire East Council next week.

The Wilmslow Lodge, which is located behind the Coach & Four public house on Alderley Road, is proposing to build a three storey extension to the existing hotel building to provide additional bedrooms

The lodge currently provides 36 bedrooms over three floors and 44 car parking spaces for both the lodge and pub.

An initial review of the site suggested that an additional 20 bedrooms could be added to the rear of the lodge without impacting on the neighbouring houses and the area adjacent to the lodge could be used to create additional car parking spaces.

However, following a pre-application site meeting and the response regarding the initial design, the architects liaised with the client and the tree consultant to create a revised extension that would have less impact on the woodland to the rear.

A proposed new wing of 17 rooms was therefore developed over three floors with a new fire escape staircase which would be joined to the existing lodge by an enclosed flat roof link corridor.

The planning officer is recommending that the Northern Planning Committee approve the application on Wednesday, 12th August.

A report prepared for next week's meeting states "It is considered that the proposal is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The site is located in a sustainable location within the settlement of Wilmslow and the proposal is considered to represent an efficient use of land.

"The proposed development does conflict with development plan policies relating to open space. However the economic, social and environmental benefits arising from the proposal, including off site tree planting, management of the remaining woodland, increased expenditure in Wilmslow town centre, job opportunities, and an increase to the availability of hotel rooms within a very sustainable town centre location, are considered to outweigh the identified loss of open space."

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 18/1509M.

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