Green light for new 67-bed Leicester hotel

Travelodge has been given the go ahead to open a new 67-bedroom hotel in Leicester city centre.

Travelodge say they intend to develop hundreds more Travelodge hotels across the UK and are currently looking for development opportunities that could incorporate a new Travelodge hotel, either on its own or as part of a mixed-use scheme and will consider new developments and conversions of existing offices and hotels.

The Leicester project, is planned above the Haymarket Shopping Centre and will mean the redevelopment of long-disused office space in the 1960s building, and will create 16 jobs.

A statement accompanying the Leicester planning application states: "The economic advantages the hotel will bring to Leicester will include: increased employment opportunities for local people; attracting new people to the area on business and leisure trips; generating additional expenditure within the city centre from hotel guests and supporting local businesses through providing complementary land use."

Travelodge says it expects around 32,000 people to use the hotel each year, who will generate £642,000 for the city. The firm will take a 25-year lease on the building.

Article originally published by East Midlands Business Link.