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Members of the public are being asked for their views on controversial plans to build a new hotel and petrol station in the centre of Penrith.
It would be part of the New Squares shopping development.
The land had been set aside for extra shops and homes. But the developer Sainsbury's believes there is no longer enough demand and wants to alter those plans. At a council meeting last night concerns were raised by other businesses in the town.
There will be some heated debate tonight as councillors consider a controversial plan for a new hotel in Penrith.
Sainsbury's want to build a new Premier Inn, along with a petrol station, on land leased from Eden District Council.
The town's hoteliers say they're not frightened of competition, but they say the new hotel is not needed.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
Earlier local hoteliers had expressed worry regarding the plans to build a new Premier Inn in Penrith.
A spokesman from Premier Inn has responded:
Opinions have been expressed regarding plans to build a Premier Inn on council leased land.
Local hoteliers are concerned it may put the local economy at risk.
However, a member of the council disagrees:
Hoteliers in Penrith are up in arms about plans for Sainsbury's to build a Premier Inn on land leased from the council.
Eden District Council will consider the plans this evening. They also include plans to build a petrol station on land next to an area developed for retail and housing.
Controversial plans for a new hotel and petrol station in Penrith will be discussed by Eden councillors tonight.
If approved they would be built instead of extra shops and housing in the town's New Squares shopping development.