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40-bed hotel and restaurant to open in Shurdington

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: May 02, 2013

Chargrove House

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to redevelop a former office building in Shurdington into a hotel and restaurant have been approved by council planners.

Tewkesbury Council planning committee voted in favour of plans for a 40-bed hotel and associated restaurant at Chargrove House.

The site based on the edge of Cheltenham was formerly home to the Chargrove Business Centre, but has been empty in recent years.

Applicant Abdul Rashid, who owns a number of Indian restaurants across the county with his brother, Mannan Abdul, first applied to the council in October 2011.

He wanted to change the use of the building from offices to a restaurant.

His proposals included a restaurant on the ground floor and staff accommodation on the first floor.

But Bangladeshi-born Mr Rashid saw his application deferred by councillors after concerns were raised by nearby residents.

Thirteen letters from neighbours to the building were submitted to the council in objection at the time.

It was said that a new restaurant would cause noise and smell that may be a disturbance to residents.

Planning officers had recommended the plans be approved but committee members had decided to visit the site before considering the matter.

Recommendations were later made to safeguard the appearance of the premises and to minimise the impact of cooking smells and noise on nearby residential properties.

There were further considerations into how the development of a restaurant and hotel in the area would impact on nearby roads after an increase in trips to and from the address were expected.

Recommendations were also made to allow the restaurant to open to customers between 8am and no later than 11pm on weekdays.

After deliberation, the application was approved on Tuesday.

A council spokesman said: "The council has no objection to this application; it has noted that previous concerns over traffic and sewage have been addressed. There were also local concerns over mature trees on the site – particularly between this building and neighbouring properties – being retained, and that the appearance of the building will not change apart from the flue (from the kitchen)."

Mr Rashid was unavailable to comment.

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  • dontyaknow  |  May 02 2013, 6:05PM

    TIMONLINE - from what I understand when they introduced the idea of 'District Councils', they drew up the boundaries to give them all an approximately equal population. North Gloucestershire is quite rural, so the Tewkesbury Borough had to extend quite a way south in order to give a 'balanced' population. Tewkesbury Borough Council also has 'jurisdiction' over Churchdown (the most populous place in the Borough), Witcombe and even Brockworth - it actually reaches as far as Birdlip. if you type 'Tewkesbury District' into Google Maps, it will show you a map of the area governed by Tewkesbury Borough Council.

  • littleoldlady  |  May 02 2013, 1:40PM

    NibNobs: Have you looked at the pic? That is one very handsome former office block. It really looks ideal for a hotel. Are we sure the neighbours aren't just assuming that what they'll get is a glorified Indian restaurant (hence the fear of smells)? How would they have reacted if the Hotel du Vin chain or something similar had been after it?

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  May 02 2013, 12:46PM

    I'm not sure you'd find a decent curry in a supermarket though! Why on earth do Tewkesbuery BC have jurisdiction in Shurdington?!

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  • NibNobs  |  May 02 2013, 11:18AM

    Risky! Fewer people are going out for meals these days and the supermarkets ALL have great offers for a meal for two eating in with a bottle of wine, especially Waitrose. I would of thought a hotel there would only be full during race week, rest of the time it will struggle to fill bedrooms unless they do weddings like the fabulous established Greenway Hotel up the road, but then would couples REALLY want to get married in a former office block? I wouldn't!

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