40-bed hotel and restaurant to open in Shurdington
CONTROVERSIAL plans to redevelop a former office building in Shurdington into a hotel and restaurant have been approved by council planners.
Tewkesbury Council planning committee voted in favour of plans for a 40-bed hotel and associated restaurant at Chargrove House.
The site based on the edge of Cheltenham was formerly home to the Chargrove Business Centre, but has been empty in recent years.
Applicant Abdul Rashid, who owns a number of Indian restaurants across the county with his brother, Mannan Abdul, first applied to the council in October 2011.
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He wanted to change the use of the building from offices to a restaurant.
His proposals included a restaurant on the ground floor and staff accommodation on the first floor.
But Bangladeshi-born Mr Rashid saw his application deferred by councillors after concerns were raised by nearby residents.
Thirteen letters from neighbours to the building were submitted to the council in objection at the time.
It was said that a new restaurant would cause noise and smell that may be a disturbance to residents.
Planning officers had recommended the plans be approved but committee members had decided to visit the site before considering the matter.
Recommendations were later made to safeguard the appearance of the premises and to minimise the impact of cooking smells and noise on nearby residential properties.
There were further considerations into how the development of a restaurant and hotel in the area would impact on nearby roads after an increase in trips to and from the address were expected.
Recommendations were also made to allow the restaurant to open to customers between 8am and no later than 11pm on weekdays.
After deliberation, the application was approved on Tuesday.
A council spokesman said: "The council has no objection to this application; it has noted that previous concerns over traffic and sewage have been addressed. There were also local concerns over mature trees on the site – particularly between this building and neighbouring properties – being retained, and that the appearance of the building will not change apart from the flue (from the kitchen)."
Mr Rashid was unavailable to comment.