Travelodge wants to build in Portsmouth

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A PUSH is on to create another hotel in Portsmouth.

Travelodge has written to the city’s Tory planning boss, Cllr Luke Stubbs, asking if the council would be interested in linking up to create the company’s third hotel in the city.

The request comes on the back of Travelodge announcing it has secured three new hotel sites with other local authorities across the UK.

The hotels in the programme are built on surplus local authority land, with the funding provided either through the council’s internal resources or via low-cost funding from the Public Works Loan Board.

Once they are built, councils would have the choice of either retaining ownership of the hotel and using the rental income to support the funding, or sell the hotel with Travelodge as its operator and retain development profits.

Cllr Luke Stubbs said he would like to meet Travelodge bosses to discuss the idea more.

He said such a scheme could work at Dunsbury Hill Farm, in Havant, which the council owns and is seeking to develop into an advanced business hub with a hotel.