Green light for Premier Inn in Berwick
Plans for a 60-bedroom Premier Inn on the site of the former Playhouse Cinema in Berwick have been approved this afternoon.
The four-and-a-half-storey building with a restaurant and reception at ground-floor level was given the go-ahead by Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee.
The £5million development could create up to 25 new year-round jobs and support the local economy by attracting additional visitors to the town throughout the year.
Premier Inn is expected to start clearing the Sandgate site later this year and is targeting an opening date of mid-2017.
However, it will have no dedicated parking as the company feels there is sufficient in the vicinity, most notably the Bridge Street and Quayside car parks. It points out that most of its customers arrive in the evening when the car parks are generally empty, while also anticipating a proportion of guests arriving by train.
But the main concern was the impact on traders in the area during the construction phase due to the loss of some of the Bridge Street car park and the closure of Drivers Lane.
The company has vowed to work with the Bridge Street Traders Association to mitigate any disruption.
The Playhouse closed in 2005 and was demolished in 2010, although planning permission for 20 apartments on the site was never implemented. This permission was extended in 2013 and could be implemented if work started before August 20 this year.