15.06.2012Planning experts are confident the 80 bedroom hotel proposed for the Eastover district of Bridgwater will bring much needed jobs and wider investment to Bridgwater once the parking arrangements have been ironed out. Although Sedgemoor District Council planners recommended approval for the new hotel at Eastover the planning committee deferred its decision in order to clarify the car parking provision. Planning and heritage specialist James Edwards from Colliers International is advising applicant DC Homes and Investments regarding the application to build the hotel at the junction of Eastover and the Broadway. James Edwards said that the applicant was committed to resolving the outstanding issue and move the scheme forward. He said: “It is recognised that this site has been derelict for some time. We have seen support for this new development which will bring about a significant improvement to this part of the town centre and including a new landmark, gateway building. “The applicant continues to work with officers of both the district and county councils as granting planning permission will give some certainty on the future use of the site.” A parking strategy which responds to the comments made by councillors is now being reviewed by the Sedgemoor District and Somerset County Councils. James Edwards went on: “We are hopeful that the changes suggested will enhance the suitability of this location given its proximity to the bus depot and train station. “We welcome the planners’ supportive approach to the scheme which it is hoped will provide jobs for local people during its development and operation bringing good quality hotel accommodation in the town. “It will be a massive boost for Bridgwater town centre and specifically Eastover - which has struggled in recent years due to shop closures.” The plan envisages an 80 bed hotel with associated parking, restaurant and bar as well as two ground floor commercial units to complement existing uses on Eastover.