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Travelodge hotel branch plan sparks fears over park-and-ride
OXFORDSHIRE highways bosses have objected to plans for a Travelodge in Oxford because hotel guests could leave their cars at the nearby park-and-ride.
It is the second time the Thame-based budget hotel chain has tried to open a branch on the UK Bathroom Warehouse site next to Redbridge park-and-ride in Abingdon Road.
The first bid was thrown out by Oxford City Council in July because the building was too large and would dominate the area.
But this time Travelodge’s application for a £5.5m hotel in Abingdon Road has been opposed by Oxfordshire County Council.
The city council runs Redbridge park-and-ride, but the county council is the highways authority and says the 45-space car park for the 83-bedroom hotel would be too small.
Writing to the city council, Huw Jones, a principal engineer at the county council, said: “The location of the hotel being within easy reach of the A34, and the fact that it is 2km from the city centre and rail station, suggests most clients will arrive by car. The only car park open to the public in a reasonable distance from the proposed hotel is the park-and-ride facility.
“There is already pressure on the park-and-rides and some expansion has already taken place.”
Without a provision of one car-parking space for each of the hotel’s 83 bedrooms the county council would be objecting to the scheme.
The new building has been designed by Oxford-based Adrian James Architects, who were given the brief to “return to first principles and design from scratch a hotel”.
Travelodge says the building will create a “new gateway” to the city from the south.
In its travel plan for the hotel, Travelodge says: “Application of Oxford City Council's parking standards requires that a hotel provides one parking space for every two bedrooms.
“The development proposal will not provide more parking than is necessary.
“An over-supply of parking provision could be detrimental to the objectives of this travel plan by encouraging travel by private car.”
A decision will be made by a committee of city councillors at a date to be fixed.