Coun­cil ap­proves 28-room up­grade

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Mixed Fortunes For Luxury Hotel -

A plan to up­grade East­well Manor has been ap­proved by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC).

The es­tate, in East­well Park in Boughton Lees, al­ready fea­tures a 23-bed­room ho­tel, spa, restau­rants, two swim­ming pools and a tennis court.

How­ever, the com­pany be­hind East­well Manor now plans to add 28 rooms.

The project, which was ap­proved at ABC’s plan­ning com­mit­tee on Thurs­day, will in­volve the Man­sion Cot­tage be­ing re­moved in order to make way for more bed­rooms.

The plans are for a two-storey build­ing that will house four suites, 12 lux­ury and dou­ble fam­ily rooms and 12 dou­ble rooms, some of which will have wheel­chair ac­cess.

The meet­ing heard that the an­nexe has been de­signed to blend in with the other build­ings, while still hav­ing its own mod­ern and in­di­vid­ual look.

The project will also cre­ate an ad­di­tional 55 car park­ing spa­ces and changes to the car park­ing lay­out with the turn­ing cir­cle out­side the front of the ho­tel be­ing re­stricted to a drop-off and col­lec­tion only zone, along with land­scap­ing, a foun­tain and the in­stal­la­tion of es­tate fenc­ing along the drive­way.

The ex­pan­sion re­ceived unan­i­mous ap­proval at the meet­ing.

Coun­cil leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son said: “I wel­come this in­vest­ment in the bor­ough. We have plenty of de­vel­op­ments in the town cen­tre so it’s nice to see in­vest­ment in the ru­ral ar­eas.”

Pic­ture: Lee Evans Part­ner­ship

An ap­pli­ca­tion for a 28-bed­room ho­tel an­nexe at East­well Manor, sub­mit­ted by ho­tel owner Champ­neys, has been given unan­i­mous ap­proval by bor­ough coun­cil­lors

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