Ho­tel eyes beach-style pool huts

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Development Update -

Vis­i­tors to East­well Manor could soon en­joy a taste of the sea­side if plans to in­stall beach huts around the ho­tel’s swim­ming pool are ap­proved.

Bosses at lux­ury spa ho­tel chain Champ­neys took over the site near Boughton Aluph in Oc­to­ber last year, and have since worked on plans to re­de­velop it.

They have now sub­mit­ted plans to build a new pool house at the site off Faver­sham Road and to erect six beach huts around the out­door pool.

A spokesman said: “The pro­posed scheme will re­place the cur­rent pool house and pro­vide a larger one in­clud­ing chang­ing and recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties as well as sea­sonal beach huts.

“The six huts will pro­vide ad­di­tional chang­ing space and will be set into a land­scaped, sandy area.

“The pool en­vi­ron­ment will also be im­proved.

“Champ­neys is bring­ing fresh in­vest­ment into the area and cre­at­ing ad­di­tional jobs.”

In July, bosses had multi-mil­lion pound plans for a new block of 28 rooms ap­proved, which will in­clude four suites, 12 lux­ury fam­ily dou­ble rooms and 12 dou­ble rooms.

The com­pany says the rede­vel­op­ment is part of an £8 mil­lion scheme to make the ho­tel the best five-star ac­com­mo­da­tion in Kent. The ho­tel cur­rently em­ploys 140 peo­ple, but Champ­neys es­ti­mates that scores of jobs will be cre­ated through its ex­pan­sion plans, with the num­ber of em­ploy­ees ris­ing to 250.

For­mer owner Tur­rloo Par­rett was granted plan­ning per­mis­sion for a fivebed­room an­nexe in 1999, 2007 and 2010, but Champ­neys said the plans did not meet its re­quire­ments for the ho­tel.

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the pool house plans will close on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12.

To com­ment on the scheme, visit www. ash­ford.gov.uk and search for the 17/01368/ AS ap­pli­ca­tion.

Spa-ho­tel chain Champ­neys hopes to put up six beach huts around the outdoor pool at East­well Manor

Pic­tures: Paul Den­nis

An artist’s im­pres­sion of how the ho­tel’s new pool house could look

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