Premier Inn restaurant proves a hit - so plans for store extension

PUBLISHED: 13:50 20 July 2015

The new seafront Premier In this week. Ref exe 8846-10-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The new seafront Premier In this week. Ref exe 8846-10-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


The Premier Inn restaurant has become so busy hotel bosses have to build an extension just to store the food.

Town planners this week backed plans by Whitbread PLC for a refrigerated extension on the back of the hotel’s kitchen.

The 60-bed seafront hotel only opened in April.

Councillor Tony Hill said: “It seems shorted-sighted that they didn’t think of this when it was being planned.

“It’s essential, relatively small and I don’t think there are grounds for refusal.”

Mayor Maddie Chapman said: “When they put in the plans for the hotel, an estimation for the number of people who would use it was given by East Devon District Council (EDDC). They got it wrong.”

Councillor Chapman said because the restaurant was packed every day for meals, food deliveries were made every other day.

She added: “They are getting through 35 litres of milk a day. This application is to put in freezers to store food, so they don’t have to have refrigerated lorries deliver on bank holidays.”

The final decision will be made by East Devon District Council.

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