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Reader's letter: Praise for hotel restoration

It is good to see news of the old Robin Hood Hotel on Lombard Street, Newark, reopened in its new guise as a 66-room Travelodge after more than 20 years of controversy and uncertainty.

The uncertainty began when the well-loved hotel closed in 1999 and the three original mid-18th Century town houses, could not find a buyer.

When a planning application to demolish and erect a new Travelodge on the site was submitted, the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust, supported by English Heritage (now Historic England) and Newark Civic Society, strongly objected.

Newark and Sherwood District Council’s planning committee, in a wish to be rid of the eyesore, approved the application, which was subsequently called in by the Secretary of State.

In the delays caused by the December 2019 election, the site owners and Travelodge agreed to revise the design and incorporated the listed buildings into the new hotel, retained the character of the Conservation Area and the entrance to the old town.

The NBPT congratulates all parties for what is a considerably more satisfactory outcome than many of the intermediate proposals.

Even those who wavered can now see the benefit of co-operation that puts an end to the long-running saga.

We wish success for the much-needed hotel in the more normal times ahead. ­— DAVID ATKINS, chairman Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust.

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