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

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Richard Cornwell richard.cornwell@archant.co.uk
Friday, May 30, 2014
10:04 AM

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

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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.”

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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    beerbaron

    Friday, May 30, 2014

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

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    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.

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    Liam Dodd

    Friday, May 30, 2014

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

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    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?

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    Penelope Pitstop

    Friday, May 30, 2014

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

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    Liam Dodd

    Friday, May 30, 2014

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