Boutique hotel could be built next to listed pumping station in Arnold

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Plans have been revealed to build a brand-new multi million pound hotel opposite the vacant Lakeside venue in Arnold.

The Lakeside is a Grade II* pumping station built in 1873, and has previously been a gym and beauty salon, but has now sat empty since it closed for refurbishment in December last year.

Located just to the north of Arnold on the A60, the venue has a wedding suite, brasserie and gym and spa facilities.

Now, the owners have applied for permission to build a 29-bedroom ‘boutique’ hotel opposite the old pumping station.

The idea is that it would be run alongside the current venue, with visitors able to attend events and then stay in the hotel.

It is designed to complement the original pumping station architecturally, and will be around 44 metres from the pumping station.

An almost identical application was approved in 2008, but that has now lapsed, so developers hope the new permission will be granted at a meeting of Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, November 7.

Gary Palmer, the property agent dealing with the application, said: “He (The owner) realised there was an old planning permission granted for a hotel on the site, so he wanted to investigate bringing that back to life again.

“If the hotel doesn’t go ahead, there’s a risk that because previous businesses have gone there and not worked, this might do the same.

“It needs this hotel to make the whole thing stack up, and work as a successful business.”

The site, which includes the proposed new hotel, is currently for sale, with an asking price of £1.25 million.

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If approved, there would be 31 car parking spaces for the new development, located to the north of the existing car park area.

PICTURED: The grounds of The Lakeside in Arnold

Gavin Webb, senior business agent at Christie & Co, who is handling the sale, said: “Lakeside is a landmark building in Nottingham, which enjoyed a strong local reputation until it closed in late 2017.

“The site previously had planning permission for the development of a separate 29 bedroom hotel elsewhere on the grounds and represents an excellent opportunity for the right buyer.”



Christie and Co, which is selling the building, is seeking offers in excess of £1.25 million.

A report submitted to Gedling Borough Council states: “The new owner has submitted this application to reinstate the previous planning permission for a hotel on the site with the aim of implementing the permission and constructing and operating the proposed hotel.

“The hotel element of the business is vital for the financial viability of the business venture. In a symbiotic relationship, the future of the heritage assets are also dependent on the investment and maintenance made possible by a successful business. There is a clear business need for the proposed hotel.

“The application company is part of ‘Countrywide Park Homes’ a tourism and leisure company who specialise in Residential and Luxury Lodge Park Homes and other recreation based businesses.

“They bring a great deal of experience of the tourism and leisure business with over 25 years of experience within the industry.

“The company specialises in developing some of the most beautiful park locations available and evolving these sensitive locations into tourism facilities.”

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