Darsham: 82-bed hotel is set for go-ahead despite concerns over A12 traffic danger
Fresh proposals have been submitted for an 82-bed hotel off the A12 at Darsham – despite opposition from villagers worried about traffic danger.
Moves have been afoot since 2004 to develop the one-acre site between Station Garage and Railway Cottage but repeated plans have fallen through.
Now a new hotel scheme has been submitted with the developers keen to make a start as soon as possible.
Darsham Parish Council though is concerned about traffic problems and road safety at the entrance to the site from the A12.
The council said: “The entrance will be shared by a busy garage which often has queuing traffic onto the road for the pumps and a 23-unit eco lodge development has been granted, also using the same entrance.
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“This point is also earmarked as a proposed entrance for the park and ride car park for Sizewell.
“Major road changes are needed before this application is renewed due to its close proximity to a busy level crossing. Queuing across the crossing for vehicles travelling north and held up traffic turning into the garage currently are often observed.”
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Planning case officer Patsy Dobson, who is recommending Suffolk Coastal councillors approve the hotel, said: “The issues of traffic impact have been considered previously in relation to this application; however, the highway authority has continued to raise no objection to the proposal.”
The maltings-type development will feature two blocks, a three-storey one with a two-storey link into a two-storey block of bedrooms and a café area on the ground floor and a first-floor bar and lounge.
The applicants have offered a “goodwill contribution” of around £2,500 towards provision of a footpath from Darsham village to the A12.
Ms Dobson said: “The building will be substantial and will have impact upon the character of the countryside from the A12 and from Westleton Road.
“It represents a more substantial structure than the schemes previously approved on the site with an additional storey and larger roof span.”