A FURIOUS developer has told Solihull Council to ‘dream on’ after councillors rejected a planning application for a new £6 million Premier Inn hotel in the town centre.
Melvin Robinson, managing director of the Winston Group which has been tasked with building the hotel, blasted the planning committee after the 123-bed, seven story hotel was refused approval ‘by virtue of the scale, mass, height and design layout’.
“I think they regard the site as a gateway to Solihull,” he said. “Well they can dream on because the block will never be re-developed to the way they want it.”
The application related to the site at the back of Station Road and despite the fact the hotel would have created 50 new jobs and generated up to £1 million a year in additional trade for local businesses the planning committee turned it down because of the ‘alien feature’ it had.
Planning committee chairman Councillor Stuart Davis said: “Members were not opposed to having a hotel at the site - they just didn’t like it.
“The building is overpowering. There is no gain from a planning perspective.”
But Mr Robinson said: “To be honest I’m staggered.
“It is a missed opportunity especially at a time when the country is crying out for capital investment.
“It really annoys me because they were very encouraging throughout and they had ample opportunity to reject it before the meeting.”
Meanwhile The Winston Group’s partners, Premier Inn are looking into the process of appealing.