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Hotel chain looks again at opening Chesham branch
A HOTEL chain is looking again at plans to move in to Chesham - five years after first being given planning permission.
Travelodge were given approval to build a hotel in Station Road following an appeal, after Chiltern District Council originally rejected the 2008 proposals.
The hotel ended up never being built - but this week the budget firm contacted the council again to ask about a new development partnership which could lead to the construction of a new hotel.
Under the terms of the scheme the council would borrow money from central government via the Public Works Loan Board to help regenerate surplus land in the district.
An 81 room Travelodge constructed thanks to the same arrangement was opened in Aylesbury last week.
Paul Harvey, Managing Director for Property at Travelodge Hotels, said: "Working with local councils in this creative way has been a great experience for us and as a result of these innovative development partnerships, we have today written to 124 councils, which includes Chiltern District Council to see if we can work together on a similar partnership.
"If Chiltern District has suitable land or assets in a location that is viable for a Travelodge hotel, then we would be delighted to work with them to help boost their local economy, create new jobs within the community and generate a good return for their investment."
Chesham Mayor Mark Shaw said he would welcome Travelodge opening up a franchise in the town, saying it would attract visitors and investment.
He said: "In principle I'd be absolutely delighted if they could locate an area. It would enhance the services the town has to offer and it would encourage people to come and visit a beautiful town in the Chilterns.
"The more people we've got in the town, the stronger the local economy.
"It's right in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is quite interesting if you follow popular TV shows like Midsomer Murders, which gets filmed around here."
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