Hotel and care home could boost economy

AMBITIOUS plans for a multi-million pound nursing home and hotel complex in Sutton could create ‘many’ new jobs for the area if given the go-ahead by council bosses.

Harrow-based developers Sandringham Investment Properties have submitted plans to Ashfield District Council to build a 42-bed nursing home and a 122-bed hotel on land at the junction of Coxmoor Road and Kingsmill Road East.

The plans have been welcomed by business leaders who say that the development could provide a much-needed boost to the area.

Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce George Cowcher said: “We are at a crucial stage in the economic recovery where the cuts in public spending announced last year are finally starting to filter through, so any developments which encourage job creation, investment and growth have to be a good thing.

“This particular area of Ashfield has seen rapid growth in previous years thanks to the creation of B&Q and the nearby leisure and retail park.

“Attracting further investment into Ashfield is key.

“This new development will be a welcome addition to these existing facilities and will help to create a positive impression of the district to those who are entering it for the first time.”

And Ashfield District Councillor Mick Parker, whose Sutton east ward includes the proposed site, said: “I welcome any development that creates jobs which are so sorely needed in Ashfield.”

The developers also say that the hotel will attract more visitors to Sutton who will go to shops and attractions in the area.

A spokesman for the building firm Frank Belshaw, which is in charge of the project, said that the developer had done similar developments in other areas of the UK including Doncaster and Corby.

He added: “Should the scheme be granted planning permission, it will both directly and indirectly create many new jobs for the town.”

The proposed four-storey building, which would contain both the hotel and the nursing home, will measure 14m in height and the developers hope that the modern design will become a ‘landmark’ that will be ‘striking’ in appearance.

Residents can have their say on the consultation by visiting before 20th April.

A decision is expected to be made in June.