Premier Inn extension plans would create Scunthorpe's first 100-plus bedroom hotel
The Premier Inn at the Lakeside Retail Park in Scunthorpe, where plans have been submitted for an extension
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 10 Jul 2017
Scunthorpe could soon boast its first-ever 100-plus bedroom hotel if plans for a £1.4 million extension by the Whitbread Group are given the nod.
The company is seeking planning approval from North Lincolnshire Council to add another 20 rooms to the Premier Inn on the town’s Lakeside Retail Park.
It would bring the number of bedrooms at the hotel to 101 and could create around five jobs.
David Christmas, project and programme manager at Premier Inn, said: "We have submitted a planning application to extend the Premier Inn at Lakeside Retail Park by 20 bedrooms, in line with strong demand.
"Scunthorpe is an exciting location for us to invest in and, if approved, would bring £1.4 million and four to five new jobs to the area. We look forward to North Lincolnshire Council's decision."
The Premier Inn was originally opened 21 years ago with 40 bedrooms alongside the Beefeater Anchor pub and restaurant.
To keep up with customer demand, 20 more bedrooms were added in 2005 and 21 more in 2008.
But the submission of a planning application for the project comes as the council has hired marketing consultants to see if Scunthorpe has enough hotel beds to offer visitors.
As well as the extra bedrooms, the application also seeks planning permission for associated alterations to car parking and landscaping.
Council planners will determine whether the project can proceed on a date yet to be announced.
Forest Pines Hotel, while viewed by many as Scunthorpe, sitting pretty off the town's junction four entrance, is officially in the parish of Broughton.
Cleethorpes' Premier Inn, opened in 2014, was quickly expanded from 60 to 80 rooms.