Plans for Travelodge hotel and drive-thru Starbucks in Bury
An 80 bedroom Travelodge hotel and a drive-thru Starbucks coffee shop could be built in Bury St Edmunds.
NHP Holdings Ltd has submitted plans for the development, on the site of Tartan House, in Etna Road, which would create an estimated 46 jobs.
The proposals also include environmental and ecological improvements to a section of the River Lark, which divides the site.
A business leader in the town says the development would ‘bring considerable benefits’.
However, residents have raised concerns over parking, the height of the four storey hotel and increased traffic.
The hotel would have 80 parking spaces including 48 on land to the south of the river and the 32 in an overflow car park to the north.
A new pedestrian footbridge would connect the overflow car park to the hotel.
A new footpath and steps would link the north and south sections of the site via Compiegne Way.
The hotel would employ an estimated five full-time and 16 part-time staff.
The single-storey coffee shop would seat 60 customers, employ 15 full-time and 10 part-time staff and the have 20 parking spaces.
There would be a new pedestrian access from Etna Road. Tartan House, which was used as office space, would be demolished to make way for the development.
Writing to St Edmundsbury Borough Council, three residents in the area have objected to the application.
Among them are Gavin Sillett and Chloe Pattenden, who live at the same address in Etna Road. They made separate objections but both raised concerns about the loss of parking in the area which residents rely on.
Mr Sillett noted that road access to Etna Road is currently ‘restrictive and difficult’.
He added: “The additional traffic into this area will cause many issues in particular exiting and entering Compiegne Way due to the speed of cars and lack of sighting at the junction.”
They also took issue with the height of the hotel which would ‘overlook all gardens’ in Etna Road.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds, said: “The overall benefits of this development i.e. providing additional rooms close to the town centre to enable more people to stay overnight and increase visitor numbers to the town centre will bring considerable benefits that far outweigh any possible perceived negative aspect of the development incorporating a new coffee shop.”
Mike Spenser-Morris, chief executive of NHP Holdings, said he had met several residents already to discuss the proposals and was due to meet more yesterday.
He said the hotel was a considerable distance from residents’ properties and when he bought the site, he chose not to fence it off to prevent people parking there.
He added: “I’m trying to do the best I can for the local community. At the end of the day the location will feel more attractive, more upmarket than it does at the moment and much nicer for people living in the vicinity.”