Budget hotel chain in bid to build new site

thisisoxfordshire: A computer generated image of what the new Travelodge in Abingdon Road could look like A computer generated image of what the new Travelodge in Abingdon Road could look like

BOSSES at Travelodge say its planned new hotel in Oxford will generate £850,000 a year for the local economy.

They have petitioned city centre businesses to rally support for the development on the former Motorworld site, on the corner of Abingdon Road and Old Abingdon Road.

It is estimated 40 jobs will be generated during construction of the four-storey 83-bedroom hotel and the equivalent of 11 full-time positions will be created at the hotel with all entry-level roles going to local long-term unemployed.

Grant Hearn, chief executive of Thame-based Travelodge Hotels, said: “Oxford’s economy loses out because of the lack of good-quality, affordable hotel rooms.

“Instead of staying the night many visitors have to undertake day trips. This means they travel back to other destinations and spend their money in shops, bars and restaurants near to their hotel.

“Our existing hotel in Oxford trades very strongly and there is clear demand for another hotel in the city. With the park-and-ride next door, the Abingdon Road location is perfect and I hope the planning committee recognises the benefits a new Travelodge will bring to Oxford.”

A plan to build a three-storey office block on the Jewson Holdings-owned site in 2001 was turned down by the city council and it is currently occupied by a UK Bathroom Warehouse showroom. But Tim Rowland, manager of the UK Bathroom Warehouse store which employs three staff, said the business is continuing to trade and no decision has been made on its future.

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He added: “We have tried to contact the landlord, with no success, but we have a lease here for at least another 18 months and I have no idea what is happening.”

As part of the new plan, buildings next to the Redbridge park-and-ride site would be demolished to make way for the hotel, 45 parking spaces and bin and cycle storage.

City council planners will make a decision on the application on July 11.

Last December, the council approved plans by Sojourn Hotels to convert a row of properties in St Michael’s Street. In Sandford, 38 new bedrooms are being created at the Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel, after South Oxfordshire District Council gave permission.

Travelodge also has hotels at Oxford’s Pear Tree roundabout, at Bicester Cherwell Valley close to junction 10 of the M40, in Burford and in Thame.

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6:04am Sat 30 Jun 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

"Grant Hearn, chief executive of Thame-based Travelodge Hotels, said: “Oxford’s economy loses out because of the lack of good-quality, affordable hotel rooms."...........
...........something I've been saying for years.
"Grant Hearn, chief executive of Thame-based Travelodge Hotels, said: “Oxford’s economy loses out because of the lack of good-quality, affordable hotel rooms."........... ...........something I've been saying for years. Dilligaf2010
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6:28am Sat 30 Jun 12

Alfie Nokes says...

lack of? When I worked at the Pear Tree there was no lack of available rooms...
Is the Four Pillars that much more expensive and this place that much cheaper than the many B&Bs that rarely have "no vacancies" signs?
lack of? When I worked at the Pear Tree there was no lack of available rooms... Is the Four Pillars that much more expensive and this place that much cheaper than the many B&Bs that rarely have "no vacancies" signs? Alfie Nokes
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9:46am Sat 30 Jun 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Excellent news.

There is real shortage of decent, affordable hotel rooms in and around Oxford. This one will have the benefit of being within a short walking distance (20 minutes) of the city centre.

I rather suspect an 83 room hotel needs at least 100 parking spaces though.
Excellent news. There is real shortage of decent, affordable hotel rooms in and around Oxford. This one will have the benefit of being within a short walking distance (20 minutes) of the city centre. I rather suspect an 83 room hotel needs at least 100 parking spaces though. Andrew:Oxford
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11:27am Sat 30 Jun 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Excellent news.

There is real shortage of decent, affordable hotel rooms in and around Oxford. This one will have the benefit of being within a short walking distance (20 minutes) of the city centre.

I rather suspect an 83 room hotel needs at least 100 parking spaces though.
I think the limited parking spaces was something we discussed the last time this story was run :-)
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. There is real shortage of decent, affordable hotel rooms in and around Oxford. This one will have the benefit of being within a short walking distance (20 minutes) of the city centre. I rather suspect an 83 room hotel needs at least 100 parking spaces though.[/p][/quote]I think the limited parking spaces was something we discussed the last time this story was run :-) Dilligaf2010
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12:11pm Sat 30 Jun 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Excellent news.

There is real shortage of decent, affordable hotel rooms in and around Oxford. This one will have the benefit of being within a short walking distance (20 minutes) of the city centre.

I rather suspect an 83 room hotel needs at least 100 parking spaces though.
I think the limited parking spaces was something we discussed the last time this story was run :-)
It was indeed

The scope of the comments then broadened into the merits of broadening the retail opportunities in the area and the security of the parking area.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. There is real shortage of decent, affordable hotel rooms in and around Oxford. This one will have the benefit of being within a short walking distance (20 minutes) of the city centre. I rather suspect an 83 room hotel needs at least 100 parking spaces though.[/p][/quote]I think the limited parking spaces was something we discussed the last time this story was run :-)[/p][/quote]It was indeed The scope of the comments then broadened into the merits of broadening the retail opportunities in the area and the security of the parking area. Andrew:Oxford
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12:34pm Sat 30 Jun 12

xjohnx says...

A hotel that can't park its customers cars won't sell rooms. They will therefore solve the parking problem as a normal part of their business activities. Let them get on with it, and good luck.
A hotel that can't park its customers cars won't sell rooms. They will therefore solve the parking problem as a normal part of their business activities. Let them get on with it, and good luck. xjohnx
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8:42pm Sat 30 Jun 12

iklhik says...

Hopefully if they give planning permission they could make it a condition to provide a sculpture or something more interesting than a prefab box, to make it more of a "gateway" to the city.

At the moment there's lots of traffic lights, Tesco's burnt out pub and the disused garage to welcome people - such a waste of space, admittedly mainly due to a lack of vision from the councils.
Hopefully if they give planning permission they could make it a condition to provide a sculpture or something more interesting than a prefab box, to make it more of a "gateway" to the city. At the moment there's lots of traffic lights, Tesco's burnt out pub and the disused garage to welcome people - such a waste of space, admittedly mainly due to a lack of vision from the councils. iklhik
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10:40am Sun 1 Jul 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Oops

Just noticed, there are fewer trees on the computer generated image than there are currently on the site.

There'll be tantrums.
Oops Just noticed, there are fewer trees on the computer generated image than there are currently on the site. There'll be tantrums. Andrew:Oxford
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3:23pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Abartonresident says...

Rather than a hotel, why doesn't the council build affordable housing for people with local connections.
Rather than a hotel, why doesn't the council build affordable housing for people with local connections. Abartonresident
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3:24pm Mon 2 Jul 12

mattyproper77 says...

all those who believe statutory planning system stifles development, check out the render to see how there are basically no controls over what gets developed in UK.

££££££ talks.
all those who believe statutory planning system stifles development, check out the render to see how there are basically no controls over what gets developed in UK. ££££££ talks. mattyproper77
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