Martlesham Heath: Four-storey hotel with pub and restaurant set for brownfield site next to Adastral Park

A conceptual image of what the hotel at Martlesham Heath might look like.

A conceptual image of what the hotel at Martlesham Heath might look like. - Credit: Archant

Plans to build a four-storey hotel with pub and restaurant have been submitted for land adjoining an east Suffolk business park.

Max Industrial LP hopes to transform the brownfield site it owns next to Adastral Park in Martlesham Heath into a “high quality service hub serving the business park and any future development of the surrounding area”.

The 80 bedroom hotel application, submitted alongside proposals for a “pub/bar/restaurant” and a “drive-through restaurant”, will support local businesses, complement the surrounding development and create new jobs, the developer claims.

An application, submitted to Suffolk Coastal District Council states: “(This will) bring vacant sites into beneficial employment use, creating a prestigious service hub to attract further inward investment to the local area (and) raise the bar for design standards, creating a contemporary cluster of high quality, attractive high-tech pavilions.”

Although the development has received positive comments from some neighbouring residents who believe a hotel could provide a “welcome service and employment for local residents” it has also provoked opposition on the grounds of its appearance, traffic impact and the potential for disturbance.

Martlesham Parish Council has objected to the application, claiming it would have a detrimental effect on traders in Martlesham Heath and is not in keeping with a “high-tech business image”.

In its submission to the planning authority, parish clerk Susan Robertson adds: “The drive-through is likely to attract late night visitors, resulting in increased noise and litter,”

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Further objections focusing on the council’s view that the car parking provision is insufficient for guests and staff and that the development would remove a “large green area” have also been included.

The proposed development, which would be up to 15 metres in height, has also been met with concern from a number of neighbouring residents, who believe the existing development has reached “saturation” and must not expand any further until the road network is improved upon.

“You can’t squeeze a quart into a pint pot and Martlesham deserves a well thought out road infrastructure if Adastral Park is to expand, unlike the simplistic modifications that have been proposed so far,” wrote Dave Beaumont, a resident of Martlesham for more than 30 years.

The application, for land to the west of Adastral Park, is currently “pending consideration” by Suffolk Coastal.