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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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National hotel chain sets its sights on Ambleside

A HOTEL chain is looking to invest £5 million in Ambleside through a new 64-bedroom hotel.

Premier Inn and developer Stoford are proposing to purchase and redevelop the old University of Cumbria Hilltop building in Kirkstone Road into a new tourism focused hotel.

The site is no longer needed by the University, as it upgrades its Ambleside Campus, and the proceeds from the sale would be used to part-fund the University’s new campus.

Nick Johnston, acquisition manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, who is leading the redevelopment of the site said: “The University of Cumbria is planning to significantly upgrade its Ambleside campus.

“Our proposals support that objective by investing £5 million into the vacant site to provide quality all-year round accommodation and permanent new jobs. Our investment will help to fund the development of the new campus as well as attracting new visitors to the town.”

Approximately 30 new full and part-time jobs are expected to be created at the new hotel.

Mr Johnston added: “We understand the beautiful environment that is Ambleside and the need for a sensitive design and operation of the hotel.

“We ensure our hotels are fitting of their locations and we manage all of our hotels very intensively. I am positive we will be a positive addition to Ambleside and I look forward to sharing our initial plans to local residents and stakeholders.”

The development partnership are holding a two-day public consultation on the initial plans on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 March at The Parish Centre in Ambleside.

Members of public and other interested parties are invited to attend and view the proposed new hotel and share their thoughts on the initial designs.

The University of Cumbria is redeveloping its Ambleside campus to enable up to 370 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study forestry, science and business enterprise.

The campus will provide a flexible mix of short and intensive study visits and an increase in PhD students.

The proposals include 65 on-site car parking spaces and landscaping as part of the plans.

Have your say

This development is proposing to destroy a historic building in the centre of Ambleside's conservation area. If conservation areas mean anything this should not happen. It's proposed location is unacceptable from aesthetic and traffic points-of-view. If Ambleside wants floods of Stag and Hen parties this will make it happen.

Posted by Dapper on 26 March 2014 at 19:26

This is competition for overpriced local B&B's.

Posted by 5b on 24 March 2014 at 12:59

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