Work is set to start soon on a new Premier Inn for Teignmouth town centre after planning permission for the hotel has been granted.
The three storey 68-bed hotel and Beefeater restaurant, was approved under delegated powers by officers, and work is likely to start on the derelict Brunswick Street car park site at the end of this year, with an estimated completion date towards the end of next year.
Once completed, the Premier Inn will be the only branded hotel in Teignmouth offering affordable and high-quality accommodation for visitors to the coastal resort and boosting the local economy.
And on opening, approximately 50 new year-round jobs are expected to be created at the Premier Inn and Beefeater restaurant, with recruitment focussed in Teignmouth and the surrounding areas.
Teignbridge District Council will construct the new hotel to Premier Inn’s latest specification, with the final building being leased to Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company, for a minimum of 25 years.
Cllr Nina Jefferies, Teignbridge District Council’s executive member for economy and regeneration, said: “At a time when the tourism sector needs investment more than ever, this much-needed facility will provide jobs and secure year-round holiday accommodation in a well-established hotel chain.
“The hotel and restaurant, additional parking spaces and other community facilities will greatly enhance the appearance of what has been a run-down part of Teignmouth, and will act as a catalyst for further enhancements and regeneration of the town.”
The Beefeater restaurant and hotel reception will occupy the ground floor with guest bedrooms located on the two floors above. The plans also include 20 parking spaces for guests of the hotel.
Paul Smith, Acquisition Manager for Premier Inn, said: “We are continuing to grow Premier Inn in popular locations where we do not have a presence and where we know our customers want us to be.
“Our brand will bring a different style of accommodation to Teignmouth, complementing the many excellent independent hotels and guest houses in the town, and we expect the hotel will be very popular with guests looking for short-breaks and staycations in the popular seaside resort all year-round.”
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The hotel will be built on the existing Brunswick Street car park site and the former Swanson workshop, as is part of the wider regeneration of the area of the town.
A new health and wellbeing centre, which would include relocation of the town GP practices, will also among the plans for Brunswick Street, as would be the refurbishment of the Teignmouth Arts and Community Group’s home in Northumberland Place, which a separate application to enable them to remain there having been approved as well. The facility at Northumberland Place will be sold to the Teignmouth Arts and Community Group (TAAG) to take on the ownership of the premises, having rented it for several years.
Leader of Teignbridge District Council, Cllr Alan Connett, said: “We could never have predicted when we began this project in 2016, what we would be living through as it finally comes to fruition.
“However, the impact of coronavirus means it’s more important than ever for us to support our communities and our local economy to thrive, grow and develop in a way that is responsive to changing need.
“We’re really pleased about moving forward with this exciting development, and working with Premier Inn and Whitbread Plc to establish Teignmouth as a premier tourist destination, and to provide great facilities for local community groups.”
The Brunswick Street site benefits from a Local Development Order (LDO) which defines the type, scale and design of development acceptable on the site, and therefore the planning application will receive be granted if it complies with the LDO.
The LDO lasts for five years and therefore development of the hotel, as well as any of the other proposals, must commence by April 12, 2021, or developers would have to go down the formal planning application route.
Granting planning permission for the scheme under delegated powers, the report of the officers said: “The proposed development has already received planning permission by way of the Local Development Order and the proposal is found to be in compliance with the LDO.”