New hotel promises to provide 50 jobs

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PLANS for an 80-bed hotel in Bicester’s new Kingsmere development were revealed this week.

Kingsmere developer Countryside Properties says the new hotel-restaurant, to be built on a 2.5-acre site off the A41, should be ready for its first guests by the autumn next year.

The hotel site, which lies close to the entrance of Pingle Drive, has been bought for £2.2million by Premier Inn Hotels, which operates more than 600 hotels across the country.

Mark Chatham, of Countryside Properties, said: “The contemporary style of the new hotel and restaurant will complement the high standards of architecture envisaged across the entire Kingsmere project and form an appropriate statement building at the entrance to the new employment area.”

Almost five acres of land in the Kingsmere development have been earmarked for employment use.

Almost 1,600 homes, a ‘health village’, new primary and secondary schools, shops and a community centre are also proposed.

The 80-bed hotel will also have a restaurant capable of serving up to 220 people.

Outline planning permission for the hotel has already been granted.

Parent company Whitbread, owner of Premier Inn Hotels, said it will be submitting a more detailed planning application to Cherwell District Council shortly.

Richard Pearson, of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: “Our Bicester hotel takes us closer to our target of 65,000 bedrooms within five years and, importantly, represents a significant investment and an opportunity for approximately 50 new jobs in the hotel and restaurant.

“We’re looking forward to working towards a positive planning consent from Cherwell District Council, pushing on with construction, and opening our doors to our customers as soon as possible.”

Countryside Properties says it will start constructing a new access road for the hotel immediately.

Planning permission was granted in 2008 for the Kingsmere development, then known as the South West Option. Work on the A41 dual carriageway began in March and was due to finish in July.