Planned hotel is deemed ‘eyesore’ by its neighbours

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PLANS to build a four-storey budget hotel at the gateway to Havant have come under fire – with residents branding the building ‘ugly’.

Designs have been submitted to Havant Borough Council for an 82-bedroom Premier Inn, off Langstone Road, next to the A27 roundabout.

The plans show a black and grey building.

Elaine Kilby, a member of Langstone Residents’ Association, urged the designers to go back to the drawing board so the building is more in keeping with the new Langbrook Farm pub next door, a red and cream-coloured building.

She said: ‘It would be wrong to build such an ugly, uninspiring building in that part of Havant.

‘Havant has to be given a chance.’

She added: ‘Now Langbrook Farm has developed into quite an attractive style, the design of the Premier Inn should start from scratch and be more in keeping with other buildings in Langstone.

‘It’s out of character to have a black and grey office block.

‘It’s a gateway to part of Havant which encourages a lot of visitors.’

Ann Griffiths, also a member of Langstone Residents’ Association, said: ‘I think most people think it’s absolutely ghastly.’

She said the area called for a ‘landmark building’.

The previous design, submitted alongside the pub application, included an attractive glass frontage, which is not part of the new design.

Cllr David Guest, who heads planning and regeneration in Havant borough, said: ‘I am told it’s a standard design.

‘We would need it to have special consideration for that location.

‘Planners will consult with the design panel and see what their comments are on the design.

‘We will work with the applicant to get the best solution.’

The hotel will generate 44 jobs.

A planning report states: ‘Vertical signage and lighting at the eastern end of the building announce its presence on Langstone Road, visible from the A27, without being unduly dominant.’