Inquiry set for Mansfield hotel plans

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An inquiry into controversial plans for a hotel in Mansfield is set to take place next month.

The ambitious multi-million pound proposals for Mansfield Leisure Park were narrowly voted down by the district council’s planning committee last year, despite suggestions it could create hundreds of new jobs.

But the planning inspectorate will now hold a two-day inquiry at the Civic Centre on 9th and 10th July.

The public are welcome at the inquiry, but will not be allowed to speak.

Coun Kate Allsop, portfolio holder for economic regeneration, backed the plans when they went before the planning committee, and was disappointed when it was rejected.

She now hopes the decision is overturned.

She said: “It would create jobs that are so-much needed and would make it a lovely family leisure area - at the end of the day it is a leisure park.

“So many people have said to me that they can’t understand why the council would turn aways jobs for Mansfield. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that this is turned around.”

The original plan was to build a 60-bedroom ‘mid-range’ hotel between the Odeon Cinema and the Walker Bingo unit.

It would also include three new chain restaurants.

But some on the planning committee argued a hotel site should be found closer to the town centre.

Six of the 10 planning members voted to reject the application, following the recommendation of the planning officer.

Coun Allsop is now concerned that three new restaurants could now get the green light without the hotel.

“It was a hybrid application which meant they could not be built without the hotel, I hope they now don’t get planning permission without the hotel, because it would be a missed opportunity,” she added.