Am­bi­tious ho­tel plans could cre­ate dozens of new jobs

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

THE own­ers of Mot­tram Hall Ho­tel hope to build 48 new bed­rooms and gen­er­ate 32 new jobs with am­bi­tious plans for a £6.5mil­lion ex­ten­sion.

Q ho­tels, which bought the Grade II* Listed build­ing on Wilm­slow Road in Mot­tram St Andrew 18 months ago, has ap­plied for Listed Build­ing Con­sent to al­low the pro­posed ex­ten­sion.

The ho­tel, which cur­rently em­ploys 108 full time and 116 part time em­ploy­ees, will em­ploy a fur­ther 32 full time mem­bers of staff if plans go ahead.

They also say the ex­ten­sion would make the ho­tel more ac­ces­si­ble for disabled guests with plans for a sin­gle level re­cep­tion area rather than the cur­rent two level sys­tem.

Michael Lav­izani, gen­eral man­ager at the ho­tel, said the plans will be a huge eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity.

He said: “We thank­fully en­joy ex­tremely high oc­cu­pancy at the ho­tel which is fan­tas­tic for the area, but due to the amount of rooms we have we are some­what lim­ited.

“We’ve ap­plied for a fur­ther 45 bed­rooms which will en­hance the ho­tel and help the lo­cal econ­omy in terms of em­ploy­ment and econ­omy, and will bring more peo­ple to the area, both for con­fer­ence and leisure.

“We get vis­i­tors from all over the world, we are very for­tu­nate, so this ex­ten­sion would help us de­velop that fur­ther.”

The plans in­clude new meet­ing rooms with the en­large­ment of an ex­ist­ing func­tion suite; an ex­ten­sion to pro­vide 34 new bed­rooms; the re­fur­bish­ment of the south wing to pro­vide 15 ad­di­tional bed­rooms; al­ter­ations to the main re­cep­tion area; 52 ad­di­tional car park­ing spa­ces and a new ser­vice hub and yard.

The orig­i­nal 18th cen­tury house was con­structed in about 1750 and be­came a guest house for em­ploy­ees of Fer­gu­son and Pailin elec­tri­cal en­gi­neers in 1939 be­fore be­ing con­verted to a ho­tel in 1971 by way of large ex­ten­sions con­tain­ing an­cil­lary uses and bed­rooms.

Fur­ther ex­ten­sions in sub­se­quent years pro­vided spa and leisure fa­cil­i­ties. Other al­ter­ations have in­cluded changes to the spa, re­cep­tion area and the ground floor rooms within the orig­i­nal house, along with the con­struc­tion of a stand­alone golf club­house.

A Her­itage State­ment writ­ten by Kit­son Ar­chi­tec­ture Ltd on be­half of Q Ho­tels says the needs of the de­vel­op­ment out­weighs the im­pact on the site as a her­itage as­set.

It reads: “The ex­ist­ing meet­ing rooms are in­ad­e­quate and poorly lo­cated within the ho­tel, caus­ing op­er­a­tional is­sues.

“We feel that the im­pact on the her­itage as­set is min­i­mal and vastly out­weighed by the im­prove­ments to the oper­a­tion of the ho­tel in its ef­fi­ciency, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and fa­cil­i­ties, thereby en­sur­ing a vi­able fu­ture for the ho­tel busi­ness and by as­so­ci­a­tion the her­itage as­set.”

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is ex­pected to go be­fore the North­ern Plan­ning Com­mit­tee on Au­gust 10 and bosses hope that if given the go ahead, work can be­gin at the be­gin­ning of next year.

The fi­nal date for public com­ments is July 7.

●● Listed Build­ing Con­sent is re­quired to make any al­ter­ations to the Grade II* Listed build­ing at Mot­tram Hall

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