TRAVELODGE has been given the go-ahead for a hotel in Elgin.
A 61-bed facility can now be constructed at Barmuckity Business Park after planning permission was granted by Moray Council this morning.
The three storey hotel will take up a prominent spot bordering the A96 road on the eastern entrance to Elgin and include a bar and restaurant area as well as parking.
Behind the plans are Drum Capital Projects Limited who have teamed up with Travelodge on the project.
A letter with the application stated: “The operator is attracted to Elgin acknowledging its growth ambitions and projections, as well as the specific growth envisioned and being planned for at the Barmuckity Business Park area.
“As the type of hotel – a budget hotel – is a limited service hotel, their customers spend far more in the local economy than those staying in full service hotels.
“A new budget hotel in Elgin will support the local business and tourism economies indirectly through providing good quality, affordable and highly accessible hotel accommodation.
“This will encourage more people to consider staying in the area when on either business or leisure trips. The customer numbers expected per year would be approximately 29,000, with this calculated on the basis of the 61-bed scheme proposed. This is a significant number of guests who will be visiting the area and contributing to its economic prosperity.
“Taking a conservative estimate of expenditure per guest, it is considered that the scheme could generate in the region of £580,000 per anum for the local area.”
Members of Moray Council’s planning and regulatory services committee gave their unanimous backing for the planning application when they met this morning.