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Hundreds view plans for controversial Ambleside hotel

Hundreds of people have been to see a public exhibition, showing plans for a controversial new hotel in Ambleside.

It's part of a public consultation, which is being carried out before planning permission for 40 new homes and a Premier Inn is submitted.

Plans for the hotel. Credit: Borrans Road Project

They would be built at a site on Borrans Road in the town.

The location of the site. Credit: Borrans Road Project

The proposals have been submitted by Stoford Developments in partnership with Home Group and Premier Inn.

They say more than 450 people came to see the plans, and that there were plenty of "strong and constructive views".

The main concerns outlined:

  • Flooding
  • Traffic and access
  • Link between the proposed homes and the hotel

The consultation and the public exhibitions have given us a great opportunity to talk to people about the proposals, to get their views and to help us with ideas for making the scheme even better.

We’re extremely grateful to everyone who took the time to take part and we’ll now be reviewing all of the feedback from the consultation, together with other technical assessments, to see how and where we can improve the draft designs.”

– Tony Nash, Stoford Developments

The plans show the 40 homes currently include 24 affordable rented homes, 6 shared ownership homes and 10 homes for sale with a restriction that they will only ever be occupied by local people.

Stoford Developments is anticipating submitting a planning application towards the end of this year.


Copeland Mayor welcomes Pubwatch relaunch

Whitehaven pubs will be part of a new Pubwatch scheme. Credit: ITV Border

A new Pubwatch scheme is set to be introduced after receiving the full backing of Whitehaven council.

The scheme aims to ensure locals, visitors and staff feel welcome and safe.

Those involved say the scheme reduces crime and can boost the economy.

Pubwatch will mean that anyone banned from one pub is banned from the all and all premises who have joined the scheme are linked by radio.

This radio link between publicans, doormen and the police means that incidences of trouble can be attended to within seconds.

Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie has welcomed the re-introduction of the scheme:

So hopefully it will eradicate a lot of the trouble in the pubs but also encourage the economic development, for other people to set businesses up in the town.

– Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland.


MSP: keep public 'fully informed' in Stranraer project

The harbour is to be regenerated. Credit: ITV Border

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson has welcomed new progress in the £50m regeneration of Stranraer Waterfront.

The council has announced its preferred bidder to lead the regeneration of the harbour - Stena Line.

But the MSP has warned the public need to be involved in the project at all stages:

This is the moment for which a lot of people have been waiting for a very long time and, on that basis, I welcome it. However, we have to recognise that this is just the first step in the process and that further proposals will be brought forward as the partnership between the preferred bidder, the Council and Stena progresses. I hope that progress will be swift.

For that to happen, three further steps need to be taken. Firstly, the Scottish Government must commit to this project wholeheartedly; secondly, if the aspirations of the people of Stranraer are to be met (as the preferred bidder has indicated), then those people must be properly engaged in the process and kept fully informed every step of the way; and thirdly, if the local economic impact is to be maximised, it is essential that as much work as possible is carried out by local contractors and companies.

If those three matters can be addressed, then the future for Stranraer and indeed Wigtownshire looks a great deal brighter than it has for some time.”

– Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson
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