Ho­tel plan un­veiled

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

THORNABY could be the lat­est place to get a new ho­tel as part of a boom for the in­dus­try on Teesside.

Out­line plans de­tail a mod­ern 80-bed ho­tel, along with a sep­a­rate 200-seat “ban­quet­ing hall” on land at Holly­bush Farm off Thornaby Road, be­tween Thornaby and In­gleby Barwick.

The 4000sqm scheme would be built on fields to the west and south of the ex­ist­ing Shell garage.

Sev­eral deer have been seen gam­bolling across the over­grown site.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion has al­ready been granted for a market gar­den cen­tre on the site, and has been re­newed sev­eral times since 1995.

But agents on be­half of the ap­pli­cant, Holly­bush Leisure Lim­ited, said the pro­posed market gar­den cen­tre is no longer con­sid­ered fi­nan­cially vi­able.

They say the pro­posed ho­tel is a “far more ac­cept­able” de­vel­op­ment and would sup­port both Thornaby and the rest of Stock­ton bor­ough.

The agents said the scheme will make a “sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal well­be­ing of the area”.

They ex­pect the ho­tel to gen­er­ate linked trips to Thornaby town cen­tre and pro­vide a “high num­ber of new jobs” de­pend­ing on the end op­er­a­tor.

It is ex­pected ac­cess to the site would be through the ar­range­ments as de­tailed un­der the pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tion.

Cars would ac­cess the ho­tel from Thornaby Road and through the ex­ist­ing petrol fill­ing sta­tion be­fore trav­el­ling in a “loop for­ma­tion” back onto Thornaby Road.

A de­ci­sion on the out­line ap­pli­ca­tion will be made be­fore May 16.

If granted, de­tailed de­sign plans would then need to be sub­mit­ted for ap­proval.

This lat­est ap­pli­ca­tion comes as part of a ho­tel boom on Teesside, fol­low­ing plans for a new Premier Inn in Mid­dles­brough and a bou­tique ho­tel on Yarm High Street.

And last week, Stock­ton Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net ap­proved plans to bor­row £17m to build a 125-bed ho­tel on a for­mer dairy site on Bishop Street in the cen­tre of Stock­ton.

A spokesman for the coun­cil said the ap­pli­ca­tion by Holly­bush has “no im­pli­ca­tions” for its joint ven­ture with Hamp­ton by Hil­ton.

Left and above, artist’s im­pres­sions of the pro­posed ho­tel

The site near the ex­ist­ing Shell garage

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