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A PLANNING application has been submitted by Leekes of Melksham to build a Premier Inn hotel and a Beefeater restaurant in their car park.
The 71-bed hotel will be owned by Premier Inn with a 246-cover Beefeater restaurant on the ground floor. Both the hotel and restaurant will be operated by Whitbread Group PLC. The proposals state, “Premier Inn, part of Whitbread Group PLC, is the largest provider of hotel bedrooms in the country with over 700 hotels across the UK and over 65,000 bedrooms. Whitbread employ over 40,000 people worldwide and are committed to sustainable, good design.
“Beefeater is a chain of over 140 pub restaurants in the UK and is also owned by Whitbread. The Beefeater brand has developed over the past 40 years and is positioned upmarket of Whitbread’s Brewers Fayre chain. The proposed restaurant is intended for hotel guests and the general public.”
The building will sit in the current car park losing 100 spaces from the 507 current parking spaces for Leekes. The company says it will make improvements to the current car park access.
The hotel and restaurant will offer 20 full-time employment positions and 30 part-time positions.
To see the plans visit the Wiltshire Council planning portal at https://planning. wiltshire.gov.uk and use the reference 19/00614/FUL. If you would like to make a comment on the plans, the consultation expires on Friday 22nd February with a target date for decision set for Friday 19th April.