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Hotel plan ‘would boost local tourism’

PLANNING chiefs this week considered plans for a new hotel in the heart of Solihull town centre.

PLANNING chiefs this week considered plans for a new hotel in the heart of Solihull town centre.

Developers want to put the 112-bedroom building behind the Station Road shopping parade.

While the council’s planning expert has recommended that the scheme be approved, MP Lorely Burt is among those opposed to it.

The last lot of proposals were thrown out by the planning committee in January last year.

But now an amended application has been proposed – two storeys smaller, and with 11 fewer bedrooms.

The scaled-down plans went before councillors on Wednesday night. The decision had not been made as the Solihull News went to press.

Mrs Burt had told the Solihull News that the plans were very similar to those that were thrown out over a year ago.

And some residents are worried the building will look out of character, or simply be too big for its surroundings.

Sixteen people in total, who wrote in to the local authority, objected to the proposals.

But the report going to councillors argues in favour of the scheme, saying the new plan is “substantially different,” and will be a boost for tourism.

Developers P Win Properties denied the plans would impact on the conservation area.

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