Premier Inn hotel couldbe open by Christmas

10:40 31 January 2013

Premier Inn

Premier Inn

Archant

Hotel bosses say a new seafront Premier Inn could be open in time for Christmas.

And they add that most Exmouth residents who took part in a recent public consultation back plans for the 60-room hotel.

The consultation follows East Devon District Council putting the Elizabeth Hall site on the market last year.

Whitbread, the parent company of Premier Inn, was named as the preferred bidder over a bid by community group Friends of Elizabeth Hall.

Then followed a public consultation, which began with an exhibition that drew more than 300 people, and finished on January 7 with 290 responses.

Richard Pearson, acquisition manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: “We’re working hard to bring a new Premier Inn to Exmouth – we want to do that in the right way, with the right designs, and with input from the community.

“Since the consultation, our development team has logged, analysed and considered all of the feedback received.

“It’s great to see that the majority of respondents supported the principle of a new Premier Inn hotel on Exmouth seafront.”

He said the company had received a “wide range” of comments and “it was clear” that residents wanted them to get the design right.

He said: “Taking into account the feedback we received, we are currently finalising our designs and hope to have new images of the hotel available in a few weeks’ time.” The next step, he said, was to write a ‘statement of community engagement’ as part of a planning application to EDDC.

The statement, he said, would include the feedback they had received on the design and other issues, and how Whitbread had responded.

He added: “The site is ideal for a new hotel and I am confident that our strong brand and marketing will help to attract additional visitors to Exmouth, increase spending in the local economy and support established Exmouth businesses.

“All being well we hope to submit a planning application to East Devon District Council in the spring, and if approved quickly, we could be open and trading by Christmas this year.”

For more information go to www.premierinnexmouth.co.uk.

2 comments

  • What really counts is the secret ballot box of an election .People sign petitions for a number of reasons. I have been surprised by the amount of support for the new hotel but I guess if a well known company offer to build a hotel in your town then some people are flattered.

    Report this comment

    Carlo Marx

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • 290 responses from a town with a population of around 35,000? That is a response rate of around 0.82% with some of them, the greater number it is claimed, supporting the plans. Even if 100% of the 290 fully supported the plans it is a dire level of support. This low level plumbs depths that are even worse than the 507 responses to the Exmouth Masterplan, itself a thoroughly discredited consultation. No doubt though, all parties, led by EDDC who will decide themselves upon the planning application by which this sale of the Elizabeth Hall site depends, will claim massive public support. The really worrying part is that the Exmouth Journal has seemingly asked no questions about these figures, sought no comment from PremierWhitebread or EDDC about the low level of interest and support, but worst of all,the Exmouth Journal fails to mention that the Friends of Elizabeth Hall had over 11,000 signatures in their petition to retain the existing hall. This standard of journalism is way below what we should expect. In the times of supposed Community Consultation how can the people of Exmouth have a voice that is listened to where it matters?

    Report this comment

    timtodd

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

12:30
Caron Sprake

A woman from Exmouth has been shortlisted for a national award for her blog, Caron Cares.

Read more
11:10
Exmouth's new M&S building. Ref exe 01-17TI M&S 4949. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth’s new M&S Foodhall will open its doors next month, the retailer has said.

Read more
10:00
Exeter Leukaemia Fund logo

A cancer charity is searching for volunteers in East Devon to help ‘isolated’ people suffering with the disease.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00
Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto/Igor Zhuravlov

With NASA set to present new findings on exoplants, we’re asking the people of Devon if they believe there is life out there. Take part in our poll here.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:40

Restoration crews have discovered an ancient peacock drawing on timbers at The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00
Exmouth Pram Push - 1988. Ref exe Exmouth pram Push Nost 1988-6. Picture: Archant archives

Pictures from Exmouth Pram Push in 1988.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
President Dave Turner and chairman Neil Gregory cut the  birthday cake.

Birthday celebrations to mark the 90th anniversary of the Exmouth branch of The Royal British Legion were held alongside the club’s annual general meeting.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00
Jenny Pritchard will be taking on the Southampton marathon in aid for Stroke Association in memory of her mum.

An account manager who grew up in Exmouth is to run her first marathon in memory of her mum.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Local Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald. Ref exe 22-16TI 1341. Picture: Terry Ife

Workshops in comedy, stand-up, performance, acting, painting, poetry and craft are some of the events taking place as part of the 2017 Exmouth Art Trail.

Read more
Mon, 17:27
County Hall, Exeter

The death of a woman who fell from her horse at Bicton Arena was ‘a most unfortunate’ accident, an inquest has heard.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications