Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council has commissioned us to undertake various strands of research to help inform the hotel and visitor accommodation planning policies in the Council’s new Local Plan, currently in preparation. We will be looking at the prospects for post-COVID recovery in the area’s hotel and visitor accommodation market; preparing projections for future hotel demand to provide an indication of the number of new hotel rooms that the market might deliver over the Plan period; assessing available hotel sites and pipeline hotel projects and proposals; researching hotel company interest in bringing forward new hotels in the area; and looking at what is happening in other UK resorts in terms of hotel and visitor accommodation development.
We have now completed the Penrith Hotel Futures Study for Eden District Council. The study identified immediate potential for budget hotel development in and around the town, on the basis of currently very strong budget hotel performance and significant levels of denied business at this level in the market. It also identified potential for a midmarket inn as the most commercially achievable option for the Council’s Mansion House office building in the town centre, which it is currently vacating. Our client at the Council, Oliver Shimell, gave us a glowing report for the study. He said ‘Andrew and Lynn were a pleasure to work with throughout the brief. An excellent bid for the work was followed up with a detailed and highly useful report. Andrew and Lynn fulfilled the brief and went above and beyond what was asked of them in a very timely manner.’
We have published our seventh update on the impact of COVID-19 on the UK hotel and visitor accommodation industry. It can be downloaded from the Reports section of our website.
Andrew’s market appraisal for a proposed eco lodge development at Stixwould, near Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire has been used to shape the design of the scheme and support the pending planning application. Andrew is undertaking some follow-up work to advise on the potential economic impact of the scheme.
Andrew is continuing to work with Visit Isle of Man to support the development and implementation of an Accommodation Investment Programme for the island. He is currently undertaking work to model the future requirement for accommodation development on the island in order to achieve Visit Isle of Man’s target of 500,000 visitors to the island by 2030. He is also helping with the setting up a political level Accommodation Investment Board to help drive forward a strong vision and strategy for accommodation development on the island, secure the necessary resources and government financial incentives to accelerate accommodation development, and help remove the barriers to accommodation projects being progressed on the island, particularly in terms of planning policy and decisions.
Lynn continues to be involved in a series of familiarisation visits to Kielder Water & Forest Park for accommodation developers that have expressed an interest in looking at accommodation development sites and opportunities in the area.