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Historic hotel could be demolished for new Premier Inn
7:30am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
BLUEPRINTS have been submitted to demolish Clacton’s historic Waverley Hall Hotel and replace it with a new three-storey Premier Inn.
The hotel, which was running as the Comfort Inn, closed in November last year after going into administration.
The administrators closed the hotel for health and safety reasons, leaving a number of couples, who has the venue booked for their wedding receptions, in the lurch.
The site is currently vacant and was bought by Premier Inn owners Whitbread from the receiver.
Agent Stephen Brooker, of Walsingham Planning, said: “The existing hotel was originally The Waverley Hotel, dating from 1878, but it has been much altered and has been acknowledged by the council to now have little intrinsic architectural or historical merit.
“The current building contributes little to the appearance or character of the conservation area."
The blueprints show the number of rooms would increase from 53 to 66.
About 25 jobs would also be created, with at least half coming from the NEET category – those who are not in education, employment of training.
Tendring Council is expected to make a decision on the plans by December 31.