Mansfield £6.5m hotel plan to be rejected?

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Mounting opposition could put the skids under a multi-million plan to open a hotel and restaurants in Mansfield, it has been revealed.

The plans for the £6.5 development on Mansfield Leisure Park have been recommended for refusal by planning officers at Mansfield District Council.

Chad revealed in December how an application was being put forward to open a 60-bed mid market hotel on land in between the Odeon Cinema and the Walker Bingo unit.

The groundfloor of the building would house three chain restaurants, with interest shown from the likes of Nandos, Chiquitos,Bella Italia, Real China and Prezzo.

The project would create more than 100 jobs.

The application will go before the planning committee next week, however, if members follow the officer recommendations, the plans will not leave the drawing board.

Almost all of the critics have questioned the site chosen, away from the town centre.

The report says that the council’s planning policy department ‘does not accept that there are no suitable or available sites within the town centre’ and it ‘ would be a missed opportunity for the town centre and direct footfall away from it’.

The urban regeneration coordinator said they were ‘disappointed that the proposal is not for a site in the town centre as it would increase the diversity of the offer to the public’.

Five letters of objection were submitted by residents while the Friends of Quarry Lane suggested alternative sites would be more suitable, including the old Mansfield Brewery site, and the old hospital site.

A letter from the owners of the Four Seasons shopping centre also slammed the plans saying ‘it would jeopardise the regeneration of the town centre’, while Mansfield BID also questioned if an impact assessment had been carried out on the town centre.

Meanwhile, there are also questions raised over the two-phases of the application, with some critics suggesting that the hotel may not even be built, leaving just more restaurants to be built only, away from the town centre.