Plans for 1am bar at new Langstone Premier Inn spark fears from residents

Concerns have been raised about the late-night Premier Inn bar's impact on residents and businesses. File picture of a bar.
Concerns have been raised about the late-night Premier Inn bar's impact on residents and businesses. File picture of a bar.
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FEARS have been raised about the impact on residents and businesses over plans for a late-night bar at a budget hotel.

A Premier Inn is set to be built off Langstone Road and an application has been made for its bar and restaurant to open until 1am.

It comes just two years after a controversial plan to redevelop the nearby former Bosmere Field site was approved by councillors.

The Langbrook Farm pub was part of the redevelopment and opened earlier this year, but there have no updates about the planned hotel until now.

The original plan was for a Travelodge to take on the site with no bar or restaurant and there is existing permission for an 81-bedroom hotel.

But, following a licensing application to Havant Borough Council to serve food to hotel guests and non-residents, it would appear the new hotel will also include a bar and restaurant.

Ann Griffiths, speaking on behalf of Langstone Residents’ Association, said: ‘There would be parking and traffic implications and the suggested opening hours would be a serious loss of amenity to nearby residents, when the adjacent restaurant closes at 11pm in order to protect the local community.’

Elaine Kilby, who lives in Langstone, said: ‘I am sure I’m speaking for quite a few residents – it would have a negative effect on their amenity if it was open until 1am.

‘It would mean cars going in and out until the early hours of the morning.’

Mrs Kilby said she was not against building a hotel, just the restaurant’s opening hours.

Amanda Thomas, general manager of The Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth, said: ‘A budget hotel would be a threat to each and every private hotel in the area.’

Clint Marsh, manager of the Langstone Hotel, Hayling, said: ‘I still believe when that hotel opens it will hit us quite badly, and The Brookfield in Emsworth, even worse. There isn’t enough demand in the market to sustain the amount of hotels there is already – except at peak times.’

Council officials said a new planning application would be needed for the hotel if it was to include a bar and restaurant. It is understood the hotel could open by mid-2015.

No-one from Premier Inn was available for comment.

Councillor David Guest, in charge of regeneration, said: ‘Some of the changes to the building, which are not dramatic, will need to get planning consent.’

He added: ‘The site has been given consent for a hotel – I just want to see it built.’