Grand plans for vil­lage ho­tel

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A HO­TEL in the heart of Prest­bury is propos­ing a re­vamp.

The Bridge in the Vil­lage wants to make bet­ter use of its out­door ar­eas and gar­dens.

It is propos­ing to re­move the ex­ist­ing tim­ber build­ing and add a satel­lite serv­ing build­ing, which will help serve guests with food and drink.

The ad­join­ing ter­race will re­ceived a new stone fin­ish to cre­ate more us­able space.,

The restau­rant’s bay win­dow will be re­place with new glazed, painted tim­ber framed door.

The plans also mean that the ter­race level will have to be changed for dis­abled ac­cess and to con­nect the in­side and out­side din­ning ar­eas. This will also be achieved with a new path­way and stairs in the ho­tel gar­den.

A state­ment from Su­san Jones Con­sul­tancy said: “It would make a pos­i­tive en­hance­ment to the listed build­ing and char­ac­ter of the con­ser­va­tion area.

“It would also help to main­tain the vi­a­bil­ity of the ho­tel to the ben­e­fit of sus­tain­ing the listed build­ing.

“The ho­tel is an im­por­tant com­mer­cial en­ter­prise within the cen­tre of the vil­lage. It also re­sult in bring­ing into the vil­lager tourists who do stay overnight and spend money in lo­cal shops mak­ing an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal econ­omy.”

The Grade II listed ho­tel is steeped in his­tory and in­cludes a num­ber of linked build­ings of dif­fer­ent ages.

The ho­tel’s din­ing room used to be five cot­tages dat­ing back to 1626.

The Bridge opened in 1952 and of­fers ac­com­mo­da­tion, food, pri­vate din­ing fa­cil­i­ties, con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties.

The ho­tel has un­der­gone a num­ber of ad­di­tions and al­ter­ations in its his­tory, the last in 1990.

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