Budget chain appeals against veto of hotel plan

The Oxford Times: Graham Jones Graham Jones

BUDGET hotel chain Travelodge has appealed against a decision to veto plans for an 83-room hotel in Oxford.

Plans for a three-storey hotel on the former UK Bathroom Warehouse site off Abingdon Road, South Oxford, were refused planning permission in April by the west area planning committee.

Their first plan, for a four-storey building, was refused permission in July last year because it was too large. City councillors ruled in April that the planned 45 parking spaces would not be enough, and rejected the chain’s claims that customers could use the nearby Redbridge park-and-ride.

The developer argued that many of its customers would arrive by train, and that parking at the Redbridge park-and-ride could be used for overflow parking.

Now an appeal has been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate.

ROX (Rescue Oxford) traders’ spokesman Graham Jones said: “It is sad they (Travelodge) have not thought it through because we do need more budget accommodation in Oxford.

“They need to increase the parking. I know there is a park-and-ride there, but it is still not adequate.”

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8:48am Wed 4 Dec 13

alu355 says...

Agree that they should appeal this. A budget hotel with reasonable prices is needed. Premier Inn is always full and can charge higher prices than other similarly specified Premier Inn hotels in similar towns. The site is ideal, being on a bus route into town. If the car park space number is inadequate I would be interested to know what an adequate number is. One per room?
Agree that they should appeal this. A budget hotel with reasonable prices is needed. Premier Inn is always full and can charge higher prices than other similarly specified Premier Inn hotels in similar towns. The site is ideal, being on a bus route into town. If the car park space number is inadequate I would be interested to know what an adequate number is. One per room? alu355

9:23am Wed 4 Dec 13

Gunslinger says...

Surely they could lease the extra spaces at Redbridge P&R? It would bring extra income for the city council, and it is at present very rarely full (I know there are plans to temporarily relocate lorry and coach parking to Redbridge).
Surely they could lease the extra spaces at Redbridge P&R? It would bring extra income for the city council, and it is at present very rarely full (I know there are plans to temporarily relocate lorry and coach parking to Redbridge). Gunslinger

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