Expansion plans revealed for Sunderland hotel

The Premier Inn in Wessington Way.
The Premier Inn in Wessington Way.
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A Wearside hotel is set to welcome even more guests after it revealed big expansion plans which could be given the green light this summer.

A proposal has been submitted by Walsingham Planning to extend the Premier Inn at Wessington Way, on the A1231, just off the A19 at Castletown.

The plans would bring significant new investment into Castletown, supporting year-round jobs and helping to attract new visitors to the local area.

David Christmas, project and programme manager for Premier Inn owner Whitbread

The plans are seeking permission from Sunderland City Council to create an additional 28 bedrooms with two compounds, as well as alterations to car parking and landscaping.

David Christmas, project and programme manager for Premier Inn owner Whitbread, said: “Premier Inn is committed to Sunderland and we are very pleased to be bringing forward this planning application to extend our hotel at Wessington Way.

“The plans would bring significant new investment into Castletown, supporting year-round jobs and helping to attract new visitors to the local area.

“If planning permission is granted, we will be looking to bring the scheme forward as quickly as possible.”

The application comes after a number of further hotel developments sprung up across Sunderland after a lack of accommodation was identified as an issue for those coming to the city for concerts and other big events.

A Travelodge in High Street West in the city centre was opened in 2011, with a £7.5million Premier Inn in Hind Street currently nearing completion, although it has been held up by delays after the firm building the structure called in administrators.

A consultation over the plans, which can be seen on the council’s planning portal, runs until June 11.