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New plans submitted for Robin Hood Hotel

An artist impression of what the site could look like.
An artist impression of what the site could look like.

An application has been submitted for a Travelodge on the site of Newark’s former Robin Hood Hotel that would see its listed frontage retained.

Two planning applications have been submitted.

One seeks the partial demolition of the remnants of the hotel while retaining the facades of the 18th Century Grade II listed townhouses that make up the Lombard Street frontage.

The other, would see a 66-bedroom new-build Travelodge integrated on to the site with the hotel knitted into the townhouse facades and standing a storey higher.

The developer, MF Strawson, says the new building would be in keeping with the street scene and sympathetic to the Robin Hood facade.

Consent for three units under the Travelodge for either retail, financial or professional services, café or restaurant, or leisure uses, forms part of the applications.

Strawson’s last application, which involved the demolition of all the remains of the hotel and the building of the 66-bedroom Travelodge in its place, was withdrawn before a public inquiry could be held that would have decided it.

The revised scheme, submitted to Newark and Sherwood District Council, says the ground floor of the new-build would comprise the commercial units, hotel entrance foyer and ancillary rooms with the rooms on the first and second floors.

A statement with the application says: “The proposal intends to retain as much of the historic fabric as practicable, given condition and location with regard to compatibility with the proposed layout and associated operator requirements.”

Strawsons and their agent, Banks Long & Co, have been working with the district council receiving pre-application advice and Historic England ahead of the submission of its new applications.

The previous application polarised opinion between those who believed Strawsons should honour a commitment to refurbish the building, which is in the conservation area, and others who felt the eyesore should be demolished.

The district council approved the application.

However, it was called in by the then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid on the urging of Newark MP Mr Robert Jenrick.

A 12-day public inquiry was due to take place last month, but Stawsons withdrew the applications because it was working on the new scheme, which it hoped would be agreeable to all.

The Robin Hood has been empty since 1999. The townhouses were listed for protection in 1971. The unlisted parts were demolished in 2010.


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