Plans to add a new hotel on the site of Warwick Castle have been approved by Warwick District Council.
Earlier this year, the owners of Warwick Castle submitted a planning application to build a new hotel at the famous tourist site.
The proposal included plans for a 60-room hotel on the site of what is currently a car park. There are also plans to create a new play area and extend the restaurant, which is owned by the Merlin Group.
A review of the plans, submitted to Warwick District Council, took place on Wednesday 4 May when the project was approved.
Merlin says building the hotel will be good for the area and attract more visitors to the town. It says the new structure will be sensitively designed and that it will replace the lost car parking spaces by establishing new ones in an adjacent field. The company also promised to plant more than 1,000 new trees around the site.
Warwick District Council said the proposal was “positive for the future of the Castle and the town.”
Merlin said the idea of building a hotel was first raised in a master plan the company drew up in 2019 and that the site it intended to use was currently a floodlit, asphalt car park.
Work on the hotel is slated to start at the end of the year and the hotel is scheduled to open before Christmas 2023.
The attraction introduced “Knights Village” lodges within its grounds in 2016 to allow people to stay overnight. It also offers glamping tents to visitors, as well as live entertainment including jousting.
Warwick Castle was originally developed from a wooden fort that had been built by William the Conqueror in 1068.
The property has been run by the entertainment company Merlin since 2007.