Tourism and leisure group applies for ‘vital’ hotel consent to secure financial viability of wider business


A tourism and leisure company has applied for planning permission to build a new boutique hotel opposite a current vacant wedding venue, which will be ‘vital for the financial viability of the business’.

The Lakeside is a Grade-II listed pumping station in Nottinghamshire, and has formerly been a gym, beauty salon and wedding venue, until it closed for refurbishment in December last year.

It is currently on the market with Christie + Co for £1.25m, with its owner now bidding to build a 29-bed boutique hotel opposite the old pumping station to ensure business success.

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The idea is that it would be run alongside the current venue, with visitors able to attend events and then stay in the hotel.

An almost identical application was approved in 2008, but that has now lapsed, so developers hope the new permission will be granted at a meeting held next week.

Gavin Webb, senior business agent at Christie & Co, who is handling the sale, said: “Lakeside is a landmark building in Nottingham, which enjoyed a strong local reputation until it closed in late 2017.

“The site previously had planning permission for the development of a separate 29 bedroom hotel elsewhere on the grounds and represents an excellent opportunity for the right buyer.”

A report submitted to Gedling Borough Council states: “The new owner has submitted this application to reinstate the previous planning permission for a hotel on the site with the aim of implementing the permission and constructing and operating the proposed hotel.

“The hotel element of the business is vital for the financial viability of the business venture. In a symbiotic relationship, the future of the heritage assets are also dependent on the investment and maintenance made possible by a successful business. There is a clear business need for the proposed hotel.”

The application has been made by Countrywide Park Homes a tourism and leisure company which specialises in residential and luxury lodge park homes and other recreation based businesses.

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