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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Developers want feedback on plans for new hotel and petrol station

Developers are hoping that a proposed new hotel and petrol station will provide a welcome boost for Penrith by driving fresh investment and create new year-round jobs.

People will have a chance to have their say on the next phase of the New Squares development – which already includes a supermarket, homes and smaller shop units.

Plans for the proposed development, which includes a Premier Inn, are due to go on display at Sainsbury’s store cafe, next Friday, between 3pm and 7pm, and Saturday, August 16, between 10am and 6pm.

Members of the public will be invited to review the plans, speak to representatives of both Sainsbury’s and Whitbread and provide their feedback on the scheme.

As well as the proposed Premier Inn hotel developers are hoping to build a Sainsbury’s petrol station on unused land next to the existing supermarket with the aim of creating around 50 new full and part-time jobs.

Jonathan Rawnsley, Sainsbury’s development partner, urged local people to attend the exhibition and share their thoughts.

He added: “Before we submit any planning applications to Eden Council to change the existing planning consent, which is for more shops and apartments, we’re really keen to hear what people think about Sainsbury’s plans for a new petrol station in Penrith.

“Developing part of New Squares Phase 2 into a petrol station will improve choice for local people and will encourage more visitors to both New Squares and Penrith town centre as a whole.”

Nick Johnston, acquisitions manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said they also wanted to hear people’s views and answer any questions ahead of the formal submission of the application.

He said that people’s views would be taken into consideration and added: “The responses we receive will be carefully considered for our design and proposal before its submission to the council.

“A new Premier Inn would be good news for Penrith – driving fresh new investment into the town, while creating new year-round jobs for the local area and increasing local footfall. Around half of the new jobs created would be offered to people who have been long-term unemployed.”

Earlier this year residents and traders expressed concern that many of the units at the New Squares development were empty and remained unlet.

However, it was later announced that Sports Direct was recruiting 18 staff for its store which will open in the shopping centre at the beginning of May.

For further information about the exhibitions residents can either email Sainsbury’s Community Relations team at penrith@sainsburys.co.uk or contact 0800 3196182.

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