September 11, 2008
Airport Hotel Plan Submitted
By MIKE BLACKBURN
VISITORS to Durham Tees Valley Airport should soon be able to spend the night in a new pounds 8.5m hotel.
Peel Holdings have submitted plans for the 100-bed hotel to be built just 300 metres from the terminal building.
Peel is one of three companies currently applying to build hotels near to the airport.
Its three-star hotel will have a bar, restaurant and meeting rooms and 106 parking spaces.
Peter de la Perrelle, director of Peel Holdings (Leisure), said: "The hotel will represent a quality addition to the airport's facilities and we look forward to being part of the successful development of DTVA in the years to come."
Kerry Quinn, Durham Tees Valley Airport director, said: "Passengers enjoy both the opportunity to sleep on the airport's doorstep before an early morning flight and also having a room to sleep in if they arrive late at night from a flight, and this new facility will complement opportunities at the airport and the surrounding area."
Joe Docherty, chief executive of Tees Valley Regeneration, said: "We welcome this news as further indication of the growing economy of the Tees Valley and its attraction as a key business and leisure destination.
"Durham Tees Valley Airport is a gateway to the area and this hotel will help deliver the standard offer of a modern regional airport."
The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with an international brand to be announced shortly.
It will be Peel's third airport hotel, following on from the 103- room Ramada Encore at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, which opens in November, and a new 160-room hotel at Liverpool John Lennon Airport due to open in spring next year.
The 19-bedroom Spa Hotel and the 59-bedroom St George Hotel can already be found within the wider airport complex area.
But travellers could soon be spoilt for choice as Darlington Council is also considering planning applications for two other hotels.
Northcare has already got outline planning permission to build an 80-bed hotel near to the airport.
And an application to build a 130-bed Hilton hotel on the site of the vacant Lancaster House building was submitted earlier this year.
The four-storey building would be under the Hampton by Hilton brand which claims to provide "a new kind of economy hotel" and would offer 134 parking spaces.
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