December 12 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Plans are moving forward for a Premier Inn hotel in Bury St Edmunds.
A planning application has been submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council to change the use of part of New Shire Hall in Raingate Street from offices to a hotel.
Travelodge had been on the cards for the building, but following its financial troubles M & D Developments - which acquired the New Shire Hall site in 2010 - has been working with Premier Inn, which is a brand within the Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants company.
M & D Developments had permission granted last year to use part of New Shire Hall as a hotel, but those plans were based on the Travelodge scheme.
This latest planning application relates to the aspirations for a Premier Inn, and seeks to incorporate the whole building for hotel use.
It is proposed the Premier Inn would have 75 bedrooms, compared to 80 under the Travelodge scheme.
Guy Kemsley, acquisition manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: “We have wanted to be in Bury St Edmunds for a long time so when we were given the chance to convert the Shire Hall into a new Premier Inn we took it.
“Our plans are coming along well. Our development partner achieved outline planning consent last year which we are currently amending to make the building work better for us.
“The changes we very minor and we hope that they will be consented quickly so that we can invest, create new jobs and help to attract new business and leisure visitors to Bury. We want to be here and play a part in the future success of the town.”
David Harris, of M & D Developments, was unavailable for comment.