The proposed development site is a 0.4ha area of grassland located between the access road into the retail park and the A4174, just to the east of the existing McDonald’s restaurant.
The four-storey, 85-bed Travelodge and single-storey Greggs outlet would share a new 49-space car park, accessed from the existing road which leads into McDonald’s.
The applicant envisages that customers of the Greggs outlet will predominantly use the parking spaces in the day with the guests of the hotel using these during the evening and morning hours. Registered hotel guests will be also be allowed to use the main parking area at the shopping park as an overspill.
Referring to South Glos Council’s local plan, which calls for more ‘comparison’ retail space to be provided within the Stoke Gifford District Centre, the applicant claims this requirement is out of step with market demand, and says this has been “exacerbated by Covid-19”.
Justifying the need for another hotel in the area, the applicant says the forthcoming YTL Arena in Filton is expected create a “significant level of demand”.
The development would create 25 full-time-equivalent jobs.
Public consultation on the proposals has been open on the South Gloucestershire Council website (under reference P20/08495/F) since 21st May 2020.
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