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Premier Inn gets the go ahead for new hotel at Aviemore

Welcome to AviemoreA proposal by UK hotelier Premier Inn to build a new hotel in Cairngorms National Park has been given the green light. The planning committee at the Highlands of Scotland park has granted planning approval for the 60-bedroom hotel at a site in the tourist town of Aviemore.

The hotel will be built on a derelict plot of land and former petrol station at the bottom end of Grampian Road. Premier Inn is owned by Whitbread PLC. Whitbread says it has earmarked a budget of £6.5 million to build the hotel. The company notes that the hotel will lead to the creation of 25 new jobs.

A previous proposal made in 2011 to turn the site into a hotel was given provisional approval, but in the end never came to fruition. The members of the Cairngorms Planning Committee were unanimous in their decision to back Premier Inn’s new application.

They noted that the plans for the hotel showed it would be a far more attractive first glimpse of Aviemore than a derelict and boarded up filling station. Planning convener Eleanor Mackintosh explained that Premier’s design had a more pleasing appearance than the 2011 one.

The blueprints for the premises show it will incorporate parking spaces for 53 cars and landscaped gardens. Premier Inn is the largest hotel chain in the UK and has over 700 establishments with almost 60,000 rooms. The company has set a target figure of 85,000 rooms by the start of the next decade.

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