Highbullen Hotel in Devon has been given the go ahead for an ambitious new expansion plan, which will see the hotel build new lodges and bedrooms to add to its offering.
The hotel, owned by Frank Chapman, will now begin work on 58 new holiday lodges and 16 new bedrooms after the local planning committee council unanimously gave permission for the changes.
At the committee meeting, which was well extremely attended, owner Chapman said he had invested £9m into the hotel, but needed to expand in order to keep the business viable.
He said the hotel is currently losing money and will continue to do so unless more accommodation is provided.
The original application had attracted a lot of interest from locals and residents and received mixed reviews. The first plan was for 94 holiday lodges, but after a bad reaction from residents, this number was slashed to 58.
The revised application also includes a 16-bedroom expansion to the hotel.
The opposed had concerns about the size of expansion, the impact on the local environment and on the area’s roads.
Now the project has officially been given the green light, Chapman will begin on the next step and start work on the development in the new year.