Hotel's expansion 'will help the economic recovery'


Plans to expand a hotel within the town centre of Wilmslow, to enable it to meet a demand for additional accommodation, have been approved.

The Wilmslow Lodge, which is located behind the Coach & Four public house on Alderley Road, has been granted planning permission for a three storey extension to the rear of the existing hotel to provide additional bedrooms.

A new wing of 17 rooms will be added to the lodge, which currently provides 36 bedrooms over three floors, along with a new fire escape staircase which would be joined to the existing lodge by an enclosed corridor.

Speaking at the Northern Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday, 12th August, Gareth Salthouse, agent for applicant Hydes Brewery, said "It is usual for a town of the size of Wilmslow with its proximity to tourist and business destinations to have such little visitor accommodation. The only accommodation available in the town centre is the Wilmslow Lodge."

"It was built around 15 years ago and has proven to be very successful but unable to meet exceptionally high demand for booking."

Councillor Iain Macfarlane, Ward councillor for Wilmslow West and Chorley, said "I am completely for this. Wilmslow has got a complete lack of accommodation and these extra rooms, the take up of the Lodge currently is very high, will be an asset to the town. Giving more money to retail outlets, restaurants and just people walking about and helping everything around."

Councillor Sally Holland added "This could only be a positive. It will help the economic recovery. I am certainly in favour of it."

Members of the Northern Planning Committee approved the application unanimously.

Planning Applications, Wilmslow Lodge


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

David Smith
Friday 21st August 2020 at 11:52 am
Ah... the extra cars! So what about them?
How about building a multi-storey car park on top of the existing car park to generate more spaces than the hotel actually needs? These extra spaces could then be made available for 'normal' workers in Wilmslow at a nominal charge of £2/day. I guess all the trees at the back of the hotel will be chopped down to take this extension? So how about a planning condition in Cheshire East that if anyone removes a tree they have to finance the planting of 100 trees somewhere else for each one that they remove? The £donantion to be given to the Transition Wilmslow tree planting charity.
I would hope that part of the planning approval states that it will not be allowed for the hotel to include free parking for leaving a car whilst jetting off from Manchester airport as part of a package for staying at the hotel. Nor for charging a daily rate for the same service.
Laurie Atterbury
Saturday 22nd August 2020 at 5:42 pm
Please don’t tell me we’re about to get our share of asylum seekers from Calais because Kent can’t cope anymore?

Add Your Comment

Share what you think of this story. In order to post a comment click here to sign in or register to become a member (it's free and will only take one minute).