Premier Inn submits amended designs for Ashburton hotel

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

Premier Inn has submitted amended designs for its proposed £5.2 million hotel in Ashburton.

The new designs reflect feedback from Dartmoor National Park Authority and are the result of discussions between the Authority’s planning officers and Premier Inn following the deferral of the planning application by Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Development Control Committee in October last year.

The proposals for a new 80-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at Dolbeare Business Park are now expected to go back to the Development Control Committee in March.

The key design changes include greater prominence for a pitched roof design with adjustments to the building elevations which involve a ‘standing seam’ roof continuing down the building and creating a strong and characterful design.

Paul Smith, Acquisition Manager at Premier Inn, said: “We’ve now had the opportunity to work closely with planning officers at the Dartmoor National Park Authority, to hear what they would like to see in design terms, and to amend our proposals to reflect that.

‘The result is an excellent, bespoke and characterful design for a hotel which will not only look great but will also deliver a range of important benefits in terms of investment and new locally-recruited jobs to support the National Park and its economy.”

The new designs, which were recently submitted to Dartmoor National Park Authority, will now be consulted on by the Authority. The application will then be brought back to the Development Control Committee for a decision.

The designs are for a contemporary building in a traditional form and feature prominent use of stone, timber and lead-effect cladding. Notable aspects of the adjusted designs are:

•    The roofline has been broken up by dropping the ridge line in
   rhythm with the change in material for the front elevation.  
•    The feature gable remains a landmark feature but its design has
   been simplified.
•    Windows have been realigned to draw the eye down to
   ground level.
•    The proposed materials have been simplified to standing seam
   cladding, timber and stone cladding from a darker palette.

Aside from these design changes, the application remains as
previously proposed.

The footprint of the building remains the same and there are no changes to site layout or car parking and servicing.

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