Booming hotel wants new bedrooms for extra guests

A BUSY hotel on the outskirts of Bognor Regis will be nearly doubled in size if plans for new bedrooms are approved.

Premier Inn wants to add 22 rooms to its hotel next to the Robin Hood pub and restaurant on the A29 Shripney Road.

It is seeking planning permission from Arun District Council for the extension to the existing 24 rooms at the hotel.

A statement from the company’s planning agent, Mark Thackeray, says the proposed development could bring thousands more visitors to the Bognor area.

“Many hotel guests will choose to take meals in Bognor rather than on the site or on the road,” he wrote.

“Across the estate, this is estimated to be about 40 per cent of all visitors.

“So, by the crudest of estimates, the extension might lead to up to 3,000 visitors per year looking to use dining facilities in or around the town in addition to the normal incidental purchases –provisions, petrol, bus fares, local purchases at newsagents/chemists – made by guests in and around the town.

“Bringing more visitors to the area will, therefore, have a recognisable benefit to the local economy.”

He said the two-storey extension is needed as business is booming and bookings are being refused in midweek. Annual occupancy rates exceed 85 per cent on Mondays-Thursdays, as well as Saturdays.

Midweek occupancy was 95 per cent on two-thirds of the days over a recent 46-week period. It was over 90 per cent on more than three out of four days. The level of business had been kept during the recession.

The hotel received planning permission from Arun in 1989. An extension for 12 rooms was approved ten years later but never implemented.