Owner of Sandilands hotel plans for £3m expansion in a bid to overcome ‘tough’ trading

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The owner of a hotel in Sandilands has applied for planning permission for a £3m expansion, in a move he describes as ‘much-needed’ to secure to the property’s future for the long term.

Matthew Fletcher has submitted a proposal to extend The Grange and Links Hotel, which if given the go ahead would see new leisure facilities created, with Fletcher saying the new development would bring a ‘massive boost’ to the area.

The expansion project, which has already been met with some opposition from residents, would see a swimming pool and spa facilities built, as well as 24 flats, a retail outlet and hairdressers.

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Fletcher took over the hotel in July 2014 after it had gone into administration, and he said that without the improvements, securing the hotel’s future would be ‘tough’.

Mr Fletcher said he was keen to ‘engage’ with the community and would add to the 35 jobs already provided via the hotel and adjoining golf club.

Speaking to the Louth Leader, he said: “This is an important development to the area as businesses thrive on the tourism offer.

“More space would boost the economy and help the hotel get through the quieter winter months.

“These plans would help us to move up to the next level in the tourism industry. The pool would be available for public use and would be a great added extra for children’s swimming and resident’s use.”

In February this year, the hotel was awarded one out of five stars for food hygiene by inspectors, which Fletcher admitted gave them a ‘good kick up the bum’.

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