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Future of Merdien hotel business in doubt.

UNCERTAINTY surrounds the future of a family-run hotel in Meriden after plans have been submitted to restore the building back to residential use.

UNCERTAINTY surrounds the future of a family-run hotel in Meriden after plans have been submitted to restore the building back to residential use.

A planning application has been submitted to Solihull Council this week to return Strawberry Bank Hotel, Main Road, back to its original appearance.

The owner wants to demolish any recent additions to the building and convert the stable wing into a dwelling.

Architect Graham Beamish said it is ‘unlikely’ the hotel will continue as a business.

He said: “Obviously plans are in their very early stages and no final decision has yet been made. The hotel has been suffering for a while, particularly following the closure of Rover and Peugeot, which was the hotel’s main clientele base.

“Obviously we are in a tough economic climate at the moment. The hotel is not in the best location, there is pressure from competition and I think it is felt that the building would be better suited for residential use.

“Whether this would be as retirement homes or other residential use, no decision has been made.”

Mr Beamish said the listed building and its surroundings have some ‘outstanding features’, which would be retained or reinstated.

He added: “This is a nice period property and features like the original curtilage, the garden and the staircase inside the property will either be retained or reinstated.”

The owner of the hotel was unavailable for comment.

 

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