Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

Felixstowe: Premier Inn given go-ahead – new hotel could be open by summer 2015

10:04 30 May 2014

Premier Inn  is coming to Felixstowe

Premier Inn is coming to Felixstowe

Investment in the regeneration of Felixstowe is set to continue with approval being granted for a new budget hotel.

shares

The modern 60-bedroom hotel will replace one of the resort’s oldest, the Ordnance, which will be demolished to make way for the multi-million pound project.

Premier Inn officials told Suffolk Coastal councillors that work could start this autumn, with the new hotel opening summer next year.

It follows an announcement by JD Wetherspoon for a new £2.6million restaurant and bar, the opening of the £18m Felixstowe Academy, a new £3.5m medical centre, £2m seafront park, and work set to restart on the £2.7m Spa gardens refurbishment.

Commenting on the go-ahead for the Premier Inn, Mayor of Felixstowe, Graham Newman said: “I am delighted that a national hotelier has chosen Felixstowe for a significant investment and we look forward to appearing on the Premier Inn map and website which attracts worldwide attention.”

Mr Newman said Felixstowe had a host of great events and hoped a way could be found to work with hotels such as Premier to create offers to bring even more people to the resort.

Premier Inn says the venture could attract 20,000 guests a year, bringing extra trade for the resort’s attractions, pubs, shops and restaurants.

Planning case officer Phil Perkin said it would provide low budget, modern family holiday accommodation.

He said: “It is also fair to say people have comfort and security in using chain names for accommodation and it is a brand that is trusted and popular.

“The desire for such an offering has been raised for a number of years but until now there has not been the interest from a national party or a suitable site available.

“The application will fill a hole in the existing market and enable Felixstowe to compete against other resorts and move more to being a holiday destination rather than a day-trip destination.

“It would support other improvements in the town such as the Seafront Gardens, the new pier, Martello Park and shared space scheme in Hamilton Road, and underpin work undertaken by Felixstowe Futures.”

shares

10 comments

  • Excellent. 2 Million being spent on a new carpark. That will always be full, because there is so much to see and do in Felixstowe.

    Report this comment

    Crabstick

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I am always puzzled as to why so many people have such negative thoughts with regards to development in the area where they live I spend a lot of time in Felixstowe and find it a very nice place to visit any improvement to the area can only be a good thing, after all the more visitors that call the more money goes into the area I also live in a very nice area as well and our town welcome tourist trade and we do have many from home and abroad. I say good on you Felixstowe I wish you all the best keep going forward or you just fade away and die like many other place in the UK.

    Report this comment

    Bert

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • I'm guessing the Premier Inn is more for 1 or 2 night stays for port (or other local firms) visitors on business rather than holiday makers.

    Report this comment

    Homeofstowe

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • The problem for Felixstowe is that's its best tourist market is the mid-market tourists. But they're the very ones who will be taking cheap package holidays abroad. The only resort towns with any future in the market are either the up-market ones (such as Southwold, Aldeburgh or my old home-town Southport) or the so-downmarket-they're-in-the-gutter towns (like Clacton, Great Yarmouth and Blackpool). It's never going to appeal to upmarket tourists and I suspect nobody there would want the downmarket ones.

    Report this comment

    beerlover

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Wetherspoons bought the Central surgery site on Hamilton road opposite the Orwell hotel and intend to demolish the old buildings and build a new pub

    Report this comment

    beerbaron

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • HANG ON JD's coming?!?! where and when??

    Report this comment

    MARTYN GREGORY

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Excellent news - nice to have such a celebrity living so close to home. You're doing a sterling job for the tourist board might I add.

    Report this comment

    Liam Dodd

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Yep Liam, you can now find me rehabilitated working for the Felixstowe tourist board.

    Report this comment

    Tedbundy

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Excellent news. I may have missed the news somewhere along the line but where are Wetherspoons opening a pub and restaurant and have we a date for the garden works to commence?

    Report this comment

    Penelope Pitstop

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Hi Ted, I thought you were executed in 1989? Good to see you alive and well.

    Report this comment

    Liam Dodd

    Friday, May 30, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Therese Coffey, Suffolk Coastal MP

An MP has been left fuming after a constituent was told she would have to travel from Felixstowe to Ipswich if she wanted to hand in lost property to the police.

Nationally, supply teachers have complained that their normal supply work has dried up because schools are taking the cheaper option of employing cover supervisors.

Suffolk’s schoolchildren face a growing risk of being taught by more unqualified teachers, education chiefs warned last night.

Viva Arts and Community Group perform Willy Russell’s Educating Rita

Farce, black comedy and a theatrical commentary on current affairs are all on the bill for a Suffolk drama festival.

Barry Studd wins Holywells Ward at the local election count at Ipswich Corn Exchange.

It was a bad night for the Tories in Ipswich - and a great one for Labour as they gained two seats on the borough council.

Anzani House

A charity has successfully used a Government-created loophole to avoid the perils of applying for planning permission to turn one of the region’s largest office blocks into 197 homes.

Ipswich Town 2016/17 kit

Ipswich Town have unveiled their new home, away and goalkeeper kits ahead of the new season.

Primark Ipswich

Some of the largest retailers in the heart of Ipswich are planning a multi-million pound investment in the town centre, MP Ben Gummer says today.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A burglar who stole a boiler from an unoccupied house on a new development while struggling with drug addiction must pay more than £2,000 compensation.

From left, Morgan O’Sullivan of Cushman, Simon Jennings of Ernest Doe & Sons, Darren Baldwin of Tottenham Hotspur FC and Andy Turbin, also fo Ernest Doe & Sons, with the fleet of electric vehicles supplied for the club's training ground.
Photo: Contributed

Tottenham Hotspur weren’t quite able to cut it in the Premier League, just missing out on this year’s title to Leicester City.

The Albert Sloman Library and Silberrad Student Centre, Essex University, Credi: Patel Taylor

The University of Essex has defended a doubling in the number of staff earning six-figure salaries in the past five years – and awarding a £55,000 pay rise to its vice chancellor – saying it operates “within a highly competitive market”.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24