Plans To Extend The Premier Inn In Leek Have Been Withdrawn

Plans to build an extension at the Premier Inn in Leek have been withdrawn.

Premier Inn on Ashbourne Road lodged plans with to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council more than a year ago, proposing to extend the hotel to include a further 28 bedrooms, install a cold store to the existing hotel and make alterations to the car park.

However, the application has been withdrawn by the company. The proposals had raised concerns with the council’s conservation officer.

In a report to planners, senior conservation officer at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Gill Bayliss, said: “The existing extension is already a large addition to the former Talbot Pub but works extremely well in its context and fits with the grain and character of buildings in the area.

“A particularly effective feature is the sinking down of the ground floor car park which minimises its visual impact. The proposal to add more of the same is too much for the site to accommodate and will make the extension overly dominant with a form and massing that would be too monotonous.

“The visual impact of the undercroft parking will be significant, especially with the setting back of the front walling and open gable end which will make the building appear to float and give views of the parked cars below. St Luke’s Church is a Grade II Listed Building and is a key landmark within the Conservation Area.

“A key view is from Ashbourne Road and the proposed extension would block this view.

The Conservation Liaison Panel stated they supported the principle of an extension but concern regarding the blocking of views of St Luke’s Church and the vast scale of the proposed building and suggested modifications to reduce the form and massing.