Hotel supports prosperity of rural economy

Permission was granted for the erection of a 130-bedroom hotel in Dorset after an inspector decided that it would support the rural economy.

The site contained a camping and caravan site. The council argued that as an hotel was a main town centre use, it was necessary to prove a need since it lay outside the settlement boundary. The inspector decided that the information supplied by the appellant on hotel need and viability supported the hotel’s location close to the M5 motorway and adjacent to a business park. It would not harm the vitality of existing centres and would create employment opportunities and meet the demand of business users and tourists.

Inspector: A Spencer-Peet; Written representations

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