Plans submitted to build 68-bedroom hotel next to Darlington rugby arena

Darlington and Stockton Times: HOTEL PLANS: Plans for a 68-bedroom hotel have been submitted for land next toThe Northern Echo Arena HOTEL PLANS: Plans for a 68-bedroom hotel have been submitted for land next toThe Northern Echo Arena

DEVELOPERS looking to build a 68-bedroom hotel close to a rugby stadium say they hope the plans will boost tourism in the area.

A planning application for a five storey T-shaped hotel on a vacant patch of land next to the The Northern Echo Arena, on the outskirts of Darlington, has been submitted to Darlington Borough Council by agents PlanArch Design.

The proposed three star hotel would stand independent of the Mowden Park Rugby Club-owned arena, overlooking the A66 bypass, but with access through the arena’s car park, which is entered from Neasham Road.

A statement submitted to planners by PlanArch states that the hotel would provide customers with a level of accommodation “not currently available in Darlington” and would complement the facilities available at the Darlington Arena.

The developer has proposed to build the hotel on a small, triangular piece of land that stands empty and surrounded by hedgerows.

In its report to the council, the design agents acknowledge some of the limitations of the site, including the need to cut back established hedgerows to clear the land and the proximity of the busy A66.

However it adds: “The site is in a highly visible and accessible location to attract visitors from both the corporate and tourist sectors, as well as sports fans to the stadium.

“The proposed hotel is ideally situated to complement the stadium and its ancillary uses.”

Since being taken over by Mowden Park, the arena has seen a number of new businesses open to the public, including gyms, a physiotherapist and a nursery, on top of its sporting function.

The developer said it is keen to differentiate the proposed hotel from the arena by using a different colour palate but that the two facilities would work in harmony together.

The report said: “The hotel building itself will be visually identifiable in its own right, as well as being complementary to the adjacent stadium.

“It is considered it will provide an important statement on an important national route in respect of the vitality and aspirations of Darlington in its gateway role to the region.”

The planning application for the hotel is in its early stages and will be considered by council planning officials once comments from interested parties are submitted.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:34pm Mon 16 Jun 14

LUSTARD says...

i do like the phraseology u no like, colour it a different palette to the rugby club, thatll baffle the making and growing places crew.
i do like the phraseology u no like, colour it a different palette to the rugby club, thatll baffle the making and growing places crew. LUSTARD
  • Score: -5

7:11pm Mon 16 Jun 14

quakerste says...

"The hotel will offer a level of accomodation not currently available in Darlington".
What do they exactly mean by this we have a good range of hotels in the town and on the outskirts?
"The hotel will offer a level of accomodation not currently available in Darlington". What do they exactly mean by this we have a good range of hotels in the town and on the outskirts? quakerste
  • Score: 10

8:20pm Mon 16 Jun 14

gramps427 says...

If the hotel is independent of the rugby club then surely this development is not for sporting purposes or directly supporting as such; therefore should the plan be allowed?
If the hotel is independent of the rugby club then surely this development is not for sporting purposes or directly supporting as such; therefore should the plan be allowed? gramps427
  • Score: 3

1:52am Tue 17 Jun 14

SirLance says...

Darlington needs a new hotel on the ring road! This will create more jobs for the town also, think of the many 'downstream suppliers too!' Great news! I will certainly use it when i travel to Darlington.
Darlington needs a new hotel on the ring road! This will create more jobs for the town also, think of the many 'downstream suppliers too!' Great news! I will certainly use it when i travel to Darlington. SirLance
  • Score: 3

12:16pm Tue 17 Jun 14

charlie7t says...

There is a brand new Travel Lodge less than 2 miles away just built that is standing empty and never reached 75% occupancy since its opening, plus a Premier Inn at Morton Park again less than 2 miles away from the arena which stands empty a lot of the time, how many tourists do they think we get to this town? yes good for jobs and suppliers but be honest with yourselfs these jobs will be 0 hour contracts as the trade isnt there neither is the demand.
that aside if they were to use the arena to its full potential put on shows and music events with stadium tours the demand would certainly increase.
There is a brand new Travel Lodge less than 2 miles away just built that is standing empty and never reached 75% occupancy since its opening, plus a Premier Inn at Morton Park again less than 2 miles away from the arena which stands empty a lot of the time, how many tourists do they think we get to this town? yes good for jobs and suppliers but be honest with yourselfs these jobs will be 0 hour contracts as the trade isnt there neither is the demand. that aside if they were to use the arena to its full potential put on shows and music events with stadium tours the demand would certainly increase. charlie7t
  • Score: 7

2:56pm Mon 23 Jun 14

RealLivin says...

I seem the recall the football club did have planning permission to build a hotel and other sports related infrastructure on the opposite side of Neasham rd and to try and squeeze a building on such a small plot of land which will then have to use the arena's entrance and not doubt parking seems like some one is trying to do this on the cheap and if Mowden Park do get in to the Rugby premiership and fill a 25000 seat stadium the last thing they need is a cheap tacky hotel next door.
I seem the recall the football club did have planning permission to build a hotel and other sports related infrastructure on the opposite side of Neasham rd and to try and squeeze a building on such a small plot of land which will then have to use the arena's entrance and not doubt parking seems like some one is trying to do this on the cheap and if Mowden Park do get in to the Rugby premiership and fill a 25000 seat stadium the last thing they need is a cheap tacky hotel next door. RealLivin
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree