Travelodge hotel approved after months of wrangling

Travelodge hotel approved after months of wrangling

The UK Bathroom Warehouse showroom

A Travelodge artist’s impression of how the site might look

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A LONG-RUNNING dispute over whether a Travelodge hotel can be built in Abingdon Road, Oxford, has been resolved, after planning permission was approved.

Government planning inspector Alan Wood has given approval for the 83-bed hotel near the Redbridge park-and-ride.

Oxford City Council had thrown out plans for the £5.5m scheme for the second time last year.

Councillors said the 45 parking spaces on the site would not be enough and while the developer said the park-and-ride could be used as an overflow, this was dismissed by the city council which said it was not supposed to provide overflow parking for businesses in the city.

The council had expressed concern to the inspector that approving the application would set a precedent, but he disagreed.

In his decision, Mr Wood said: “Each case, however, falls to be considered on its own merits.

“In my judgment, it is quite likely that the hotel visitors at this particular location who are seeking to travel into the city centre, which is an internationally renowned tourist venue and the home to one of the world’s most prestigious universities, would use the bus – given the frequency and convenience of the service.

“A worst-case scenario shortfall of 25 car parking spaces, which could be offset by the fairly minimal patronage of the Redbridge park-and-ride at times of high hotel occupancy levels would not, in my judgment, result in a severe residual impact.”

Plans for a four-storey Travelodge hotel on the site – which is currently occupied by UK Bathroom Warehouse – were originally rejected in July 2012 because of fears the building would be an “over-dominant” feature close to the Oxford Green Belt.

New plans were submitted in January last year for a smaller three-storey building but this was also rejected.

City councillor Colin Cook, executive board member for city development, said: “It is a poor decision, but that is the sort of thing that occasionally happens.

“Our point was that we provide park-and-ride facilities for those coming into the city centre, not for the benefit of private concerns such as Travelodge.# “Clearly officers will have to review the decision and see where we go from here.”

Travelodge declined to comment.

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7:33am Tue 20 May 14

norton manor says...

At last a sensible outcome
At last a sensible outcome norton manor
  • Score: 6

9:12am Tue 20 May 14

EMBOX2 says...

Yes, something to help Oxford with its extreme shortage of hotel rooms. Do we want more visitors to the city or not?
Yes, something to help Oxford with its extreme shortage of hotel rooms. Do we want more visitors to the city or not? EMBOX2
  • Score: 2

12:49pm Tue 20 May 14

icba1957 says...

"City councillor Colin Cook, executive board member for city development" should hang his head in shame (if he has any, which I doubt). Does he not grasp that people staying here will be spending money in the city and parking overnight, when Redbridge is nearly always empty?
Even if they do dare to stay for a couple of days - which they probably won't given the welcome Cook is extending - I have never known Redbridge to be full, so the city council will be making extra money from the additional parking.
"City councillor Colin Cook, executive board member for city development" should hang his head in shame (if he has any, which I doubt). Does he not grasp that people staying here will be spending money in the city and parking overnight, when Redbridge is nearly always empty? Even if they do dare to stay for a couple of days - which they probably won't given the welcome Cook is extending - I have never known Redbridge to be full, so the city council will be making extra money from the additional parking. icba1957
  • Score: 5

1:21pm Tue 20 May 14

Sid Hunt says...

City councillor Colin Cook, executive board member for city development, said: “It is a poor decision, but that is the sort of thing that occasionally happens."

It's a shame that this is not the case with the City Council where that 'sort of thing' happens all too often. The council did not have a single, valid reason to reject the planning yet promote nonsensical schemes such as that being constructed in a St. Clements car park.
City councillor Colin Cook, executive board member for city development, said: “It is a poor decision, but that is the sort of thing that occasionally happens." It's a shame that this is not the case with the City Council where that 'sort of thing' happens all too often. The council did not have a single, valid reason to reject the planning yet promote nonsensical schemes such as that being constructed in a St. Clements car park. Sid Hunt
  • Score: 6

7:28pm Tue 20 May 14

rabbitrr says...

Simple, just allow Travelodge to use the carpark and reduce 'on site' parking so they can use the space for more rooms. Oh and charge them for the use of the carpark of course.
Simple, just allow Travelodge to use the carpark and reduce 'on site' parking so they can use the space for more rooms. Oh and charge them for the use of the carpark of course. rabbitrr
  • Score: 0

7:48pm Tue 20 May 14

rabbitrr says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
Yes, something to help Oxford with its extreme shortage of hotel rooms. Do we want more visitors to the city or not?
Why would anyone want to visit Oxford? Just go and have a good look round with your eyes OPEN, It's a dump!!

It's about as car friendly as a scrap yard. And most visitors drive.

The stairwells and pedestrian walkways from the multi-story to the shopping centre smell like an uncleaned toilet (which is pretty much what they are used as when the clubs kick out).

Walk through the main predestrian areas and you run the risk of falling over 'out of tune' buskers, beggers and Big Issue sellers every few steps. And then theres the dodgy people hanging around the cash points.

Take two University Cities in the UK vying for tourists, York and Oxford. At least York has decent visitor attractions and promotes them. Oh and it's clean too.
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: Yes, something to help Oxford with its extreme shortage of hotel rooms. Do we want more visitors to the city or not?[/p][/quote]Why would anyone want to visit Oxford? Just go and have a good look round with your eyes OPEN, It's a dump!! It's about as car friendly as a scrap yard. And most visitors drive. The stairwells and pedestrian walkways from the multi-story to the shopping centre smell like an uncleaned toilet (which is pretty much what they are used as when the clubs kick out). Walk through the main predestrian areas and you run the risk of falling over 'out of tune' buskers, beggers and Big Issue sellers every few steps. And then theres the dodgy people hanging around the cash points. Take two University Cities in the UK vying for tourists, York and Oxford. At least York has decent visitor attractions and promotes them. Oh and it's clean too. rabbitrr
  • Score: 1

8:52am Wed 21 May 14

EMBOX2 says...

rabbitrr wrote:
EMBOX2 wrote:
Yes, something to help Oxford with its extreme shortage of hotel rooms. Do we want more visitors to the city or not?
Why would anyone want to visit Oxford? Just go and have a good look round with your eyes OPEN, It's a dump!!

It's about as car friendly as a scrap yard. And most visitors drive.

The stairwells and pedestrian walkways from the multi-story to the shopping centre smell like an uncleaned toilet (which is pretty much what they are used as when the clubs kick out).

Walk through the main predestrian areas and you run the risk of falling over 'out of tune' buskers, beggers and Big Issue sellers every few steps. And then theres the dodgy people hanging around the cash points.

Take two University Cities in the UK vying for tourists, York and Oxford. At least York has decent visitor attractions and promotes them. Oh and it's clean too.
I'm a glass half full person. Oxford has its problems (caused mainly by the City Council Politburo) but it is stil a nice place.

The new Westgate should fix the "lovely" car parks we have now, and give better shopping choices. The issue with beggars blights everywhere; though in Oxford's case it is more to do with the provision of homeless support services which are among the best in the UK.

Sadly, most are not homeless, and choose to live on the streets. But that's another topic.

Oxford CAN be much better, but we need a proper pro-business council that will work with, and not against, local business. Also we need to get the University on side and working with locals, not merely dictating what will happen with new builds, etc.
[quote][p][bold]rabbitrr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: Yes, something to help Oxford with its extreme shortage of hotel rooms. Do we want more visitors to the city or not?[/p][/quote]Why would anyone want to visit Oxford? Just go and have a good look round with your eyes OPEN, It's a dump!! It's about as car friendly as a scrap yard. And most visitors drive. The stairwells and pedestrian walkways from the multi-story to the shopping centre smell like an uncleaned toilet (which is pretty much what they are used as when the clubs kick out). Walk through the main predestrian areas and you run the risk of falling over 'out of tune' buskers, beggers and Big Issue sellers every few steps. And then theres the dodgy people hanging around the cash points. Take two University Cities in the UK vying for tourists, York and Oxford. At least York has decent visitor attractions and promotes them. Oh and it's clean too.[/p][/quote]I'm a glass half full person. Oxford has its problems (caused mainly by the City Council Politburo) but it is stil a nice place. The new Westgate should fix the "lovely" car parks we have now, and give better shopping choices. The issue with beggars blights everywhere; though in Oxford's case it is more to do with the provision of homeless support services which are among the best in the UK. Sadly, most are not homeless, and choose to live on the streets. But that's another topic. Oxford CAN be much better, but we need a proper pro-business council that will work with, and not against, local business. Also we need to get the University on side and working with locals, not merely dictating what will happen with new builds, etc. EMBOX2
  • Score: 0

8:57am Wed 21 May 14

colbart says...

rabbitrr wrote:
Simple, just allow Travelodge to use the carpark and reduce 'on site' parking so they can use the space for more rooms. Oh and charge them for the use of the carpark of course.
Also it could help with security at Redbridge. Since Oxford City Council took over, there is no onsite security, (all CCTV). Cost to park £2 .....No Park and Ride bus in evenings/night time could explain lack of cars parking. so could be win-win.
[quote][p][bold]rabbitrr[/bold] wrote: Simple, just allow Travelodge to use the carpark and reduce 'on site' parking so they can use the space for more rooms. Oh and charge them for the use of the carpark of course.[/p][/quote]Also it could help with security at Redbridge. Since Oxford City Council took over, there is no onsite security, (all CCTV). Cost to park £2 .....No Park and Ride bus in evenings/night time could explain lack of cars parking. so could be win-win. colbart
  • Score: 0

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