28-bed­room an­nexe plan for manor house ho­tel

Spa firm opens re­fur­bished rooms and un­veils next phase

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ducking And Diving - By Ai­dan Bar­low

The next phase of a multi-mil­lion pound trans­for­ma­tion of a historic manor house and grounds has been re­vealed by de­vel­op­ers.

Champ­neys took over East­well Manor, near Boughton Aluph, in Oc­to­ber and the ho­tel was closed from Jan­uary un­til March while re­fur­bish­ment was car­ried out.

The first guests were able to stay in the ren­o­vated build­ings over the Easter Bank Hol­i­day.

Now the com­pany has re­vealed fur­ther plans for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the ho­tel, which in­cludes build­ing a block of 28 rooms which will in­clude four suites, 12 fam­ily dou­ble rooms and 12 dou­ble rooms.

Champ­neys has ap­plied for per­mis­sion to knock down the Manor Cot­tage and build the an­nexe and car park­ing spa­ces. It would also see the re­moval of three trees pro­tected with preser­va­tion or­ders.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, the de­vel­op­ment is part of an £8m scheme. The ho­tel em­ploys 140 peo­ple, but Champ­neys says many more jobs will be cre­ated. For­mer owner Tur­rloo Par­rett was granted plan­ning per­mis­sion for a five-bed­room an­nexe in 1999, 2007 and 2010, but Champ­neys says these plans don’t meet its re­quire­ments for the ho­tel. A state­ment by Lee Evans Part­ner­ship on be­half of the com­pany said: “That East­well Manor is a ma­jor as­set to the district is not in doubt and it has suc­cess­fully re­tained its po­si­tion as a premier ho­tel and leisure spa in the re­gion for more than 90 years.”

The plans are open to public con­sul­ta­tion un­til Satur­day, May 6. Coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cer Kelly Jethwa aims to pro­duce a re­port for the plan­ning com­mit­tee by Fri­day, July 7.

To view the plans visit the plan­ning sec­tion at www.ash­ford.gov.uk and search for ref­er­ence num­ber 17/00548/AS.

East­well Manor and, left, the plans for the 28-bed­room ho­tel an­nexe

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