03:00PM, Monday 04 January 2016
The owner of the Premier Inn chain has announced it wants to build a new hotel above a major department store in the heart of Windsor.
Letters have been sent to residents outlining the plans which could see the hotel built on top of the Daniel Department Store in Peascod Street.
The plans have been drawn up by hospitality company Whitbread, which owns more than 700 Premier Inn hotels across the country.
Cllr Colin Rayner, (Con, Horton and Wraysbury) chairman of the borough’s visitor management forum, said while he was unsure where hotel visitors would park, he was prepared to give the proposed development ‘the benefit of the doubt’ until the plans are fully unveiled.
He added: “I still know very little about the development but any new hotel coming to Windsor must be good for businesses, shops and residents. If it doesn’t destroy the identity of Peascod Street then let's give them the benefit of the doubt.”
In an open letter to residents, Premier Inn acquisition manager Guy Kemsley, said: “Over the past couple of months we have been in discussions with planning officers at the Royal Borough and are now in a position to consult the community in advance of submitting a planning application.”
Windsor and Eton town manager Paul Roach added: “We know from our research that there is a requirement for more hotel space in the town.
“The difference with Windsor is the majority of buildings are listed in the conservation area so a lot of development has to go on top.”
Members of the public will be able to quiz the Whitbread team about the development at a public consultation exhibition which is taking place at Windsor Guildhall on Tuesday, January 12.
Feedback forms will be provided at the consultation which will run from 4-8pm.
The company was unable to confirm where visitors will park or how many rooms there will be when contacted by the Express.
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