Plans unveiled for £10m hotel in Cornwall

St Ives Hotel

Plans have been submitted to Cornwall Council for a 100-bedroom Premier Inn hotel in St Ives.

Announced in September, a planning application for a sustainably designed, contemporary-style hotel on the site of Trewidden Care Home, Trewidden Road, has been submitted by Premier Inn’s parent company Whitbread.

More than 100 people attended public exhibition events in October to view the proposals and give feedback.

If approved, more than £10m will be invested by Whitbread in the construction of the proposed hotel and 30 new permanent jobs in a variety of roles will be created on opening.

It is also estimated that guests of the St Ives Premier Inn will spend around £2.5m per year in the local economy – £1.2m of which is expected to be spent during the off-peak season.

Louise Woodruff, Property Acquisitions Manager at Whitbread, said: “During October, we were able to meet with residents and community stakeholders to share our plans for St Ives.

“We have been listening to their feedback and been working closely with our team to design a hotel that is fitting for the town and would bring many long-term benefits.

“We are passionate about providing an affordable destination for leisure and business travellers in St Ives throughout the year – bringing a different style of hotel accommodation to the town and creating permanent employment.”

The Trewidden Care home site already has planning permission for a 39-bedroom apart hotel that was granted in 2016 and would occupy a large portion of the site if built.

The York Hotel operated from the building until the 1980s and, if approved, Premier Inn’s plans would bring the site back to this original use through the development of a new bespoke hotel building.

The care home will continue to operate during the planning of the proposed new hotel. If planning permission is granted, the intention is to offer the residents of the Trewidden Care Home the opportunity to transfer to a new residential care home that is currently being constructed in Penzance and is due to complete this autumn.

Whitbread currently operates four Premier Inn hotels in west Cornwall at Camborne, Hayle Helston and Penzance.

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