Haverfordwest Marston's hotel and restaurant plan approved
11:50am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
PLANS for a 59-bedroom hotel, restaurant and pub in Haverfordwest have been given the go-ahead by Pembrokeshire County Council.
At a meeting of the planning and rights of way committee at County Hall on Tuesday, October 29, councillors voted in favour of the application, submitted by pub giant Marston's.
Several councillors spoke in favour of the plans, which will see a two-storey hotel built on land near Day’s roundabout.
They agreed that the site was well-placed to catch ferry traffic travelling to and from Fishguard, and would encourage more visitors to stay in the town instead of travelling down the A40 to St Clears or Carmarthen.
“Nobody in this room can say Haverfordwest doesn’t need this,” said Cllr Brian Hall.
Although he had sympathy with retailers in the town centre, Cllr David Pugh said he had “no issues” with the application, as it was “well-related to the town” by being close to retail parks, Withybush industrial estate and Vincent Davies.
Cllr Peter Stock said that tourism was the “backbone” of Pembrokeshire and it was a case of “striking the right balance”.
Initial plans for a three-storey rectangular building had been changed to an L-shaped, two-storey development, designed to look like a traditional farmhouse.
The restaurant is expected to provide 180 covers, and externally there will be 115 car parking spaces and 16 cycle rack spaces.
Marton's has said the development will create between 80 and 95 full and part-time jobs.
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