Economic revival means Sheffield hotel expansion can go-ahead

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Stalled plans to expand a Premier Inn hotel by the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield have been revived after an improvement in the economic climate.

Work is now expected to start on the hotel in Attercliffe Common this summer to add another 33 bedrooms to take the total number of rooms to 94.

It is hoped the work will be finished by the end of the year.

Premier Inn originally gained planning permission for the expansion in 2008 and renewed it in 2011 but decided not to go ahead because of the state of the economy.

But with economic conditions improving bosses said they believe work can start soon.

The 2011 permission expired in February, resulting in a new application being submitted and Sheffield Council granted approval.

Graham Hedley, project and programme manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, owner of the Premier Inn brand, said: “Our Sheffield, Attercliffe Common Premier Inn hotel has been a great success and we are now looking to expand it to meet growing customer demand.”

A planning statement submitted in support of the application by development consultants Walsingham Planning said the time is now right for the stalled work to go ahead.

It said: “A further, detailed analysis of the costs associated with the extension it has recently been carried out by Whitbread and it is now deemed that the additional bedroom extension would be financially viable and the demand is there from customers wishing to stay at the hotel.”