Peak District National Park to get first new hotel in 66 years as planners storm through approval

The Peak District National Park is set to have its first new build hotel since the park was created in 1961, following a landslide decision by planners for a new tourist development.

The development will see a new 71-bedroom hotel created on one of the Park’s principle routes on the edge of Stoney Middleton, and will also see a separate visitor / heritage centre with a café and craft shop also built.

The current owners will operate the visitor and heritage centre, but the hotel site is being offered for sale or lease as a development opportunity, and is being marketed by property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall.

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The National Park gets 12 million visitors each year and currently suffers from an undersupply og hotel accommodation. The planning application was passed as an exception to normal policy due to its overwhelming public support and benefits to tourism within the National Park.

Speaking about the hotel site, Ian Naylor, partner at Sanderson Weatherall said: “This is a rare and fantastic opportunity to acquire what it set to be the largest hotel in the National Park. The development will benefit year-round from the huge footfall from both national and international visitors to the area, as well as from corporate and other market sectors, and with little competition.”

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