PLANS to build a 153-bed hotel on Portsmouth’s ‘premier’ business park have been unanimously approved by councillors.
The city council’s planning committee last night paved the way for Village Hotels to set up camp at Lakeside in North Harbour.
Despite concerns from The Design Review Panel over the quality of the hotel’s designs, members were satisfied with its ‘modern’ look which fitted in with the business hub.
Iain Stackhouse, of Village Hotels, told the committee: ‘You will know doubt be aware of the need for more hotel space in the city. We have spoken to many businesses and organisations in the city who believe a lack of hotel provision is holding back the city’s economic development.
‘Our proposals not only provide a much-needed service for visitors, but provide an important facility for people who live and work locally.’
The £21m project will create about 100 jobs and facilities will include a leisure club with a 20m swimming pool, gym and fitness studios.
Tory planning boss Luke Stubbs said: ‘Lakeside is Portsmouth’s premier business location, and there is a clear need for it.’
Lib Dem councillor Lee Hunt said the city was ‘screaming out’ for new hotels.