Major delays to proposal for budget hotel for Langstone

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THE head of a technology park has moved to scotch rumours that plans for a budget hotel in the grounds have fallen through.

Gary Medlow, managing director of Fasset, which runs Langstone Technology Park in Havant, said although a company is not yet on board to run the hotel it will still go ahead eventually.

There were major objections to the plans on grounds of traffic on Langstone Road.

But permission was granted by Havant Borough Council in summer 2012.

Mr Medlow said: ‘The plan is to have a hotel that supports the technology park as well as the Greene King family restaurant that adjoins the site – which is coming out of the ground as we speak. The strategy always was to get that up and running first.’

Mr Medlow said negotiations on which company will run the hotel were ongoing.

He said: ‘There have been significant delays because we have only recently received the planning permission but we have to live with this. There is no lack of potential there.

‘Travelodge and I were talking this morning and they are an option, as are others.’

Although planning permission was granted in summer 2012 Fasset only received the written approval a few months ago.

The delay means a reprieve for other hotels in the area such as The Langstone Hotel, in Northney, Hayling Island.

It is one of the area’s only four star hotels and there are fears that a budget hotel will have an impact on them.

A report published by Hampshire County Council found the competition from a budget hotel could force nearby higher end hotels out of the marketplace.

But Clint Marsh, manager of The Langstone Hotel, is cautiously optimistic.

He said: ‘At the moment Havant is an area where there isn’t enough business to sustain the hotels that already exist.

‘Occupancy levels are dropping massively. We are reducing all our rates.’

But he added: ‘It will affect us in the short-term but I don’t think it would affect us long-term.’