District councillors have ignored planning officers’ advice and permitted a project to build a 21-bedroom hotel and restaurant.
Heckington-based Melbourne Holdings were awarded outline planning permission for the two storey hotel complex on Pride Parkway in the Enterprise Park by North Kesteven’s planning sub-committee last Tuesday.
Principal planning officer, David Bate, confirmed that the developers intended this hotel to predominantly serve staff, patients and relatives connected to an adjacent private hospital - plans for which had been approved the week before.
The council’s own officers advised against this scheme saying the park was designated employment land and the hotel should be closer to the centre of town.
But this was dismissed by members who saw it as a source of employment and an economic boost for the area as a lack of suitable hotel accommodation locally had meant Sleaford lost business to hotels up to 10 miles away.