Motel plans for village

A DEVELOPER has submitted plans to build a 25-room motel in a small Mid Suffolk village and pledged that the project will boost tourism and secure the future of the pub next door.

The proposals, submitted by the owner of the vacant Magpie Public House, in Stonham Parva, detail the plans to build a motel on the green field site previously used as a beer garden and play area.

The motel, which would offer ‘budget accommodation’ similar to Travelodge, would comprise 25 rooms over two floors, with a total floor space of 670spm.

The plans also include a car park with spaces for 28 cars and a footbridge over a pond to link the new development with the pub, which is a grade II listed building.

A design and access statement, submitted with the plans, said: “This proposal can bring significant benefits to the local economy and for these reasons tourism related development in rural areas finds wide support from both national and local planning policies.

“The proposed motel will help to secure the long term future of the listed building and its continued use.”

This innovative idea could help to re-open the village pub, which is currently closed and has not traded for a number of months.

The motel, which will be built using ‘traditional materials’, would be open every day and aims to employ one or two full-time workers and three or four part-time staff.

The land to the west of the proposed site, in Norwich Road, is currently a paddock and is subject to a separate planning application by the same applicant, for ten holiday units.

The applicant claims that this project will generate local employment opportunities, provide local services and ‘help to ensure that the public house reopens and becomes a sustainable and viable enterprise which will benefit the local community’.

Mid Suffolk District Council planning officials have set a target determination date of September 21.