The Glasfryn Road planning application for the development of a new hotel and housing in Wales’ smallest city is expected to be submitted in the New Year.
The plans consist of a 63-bedroom Premier Inn and 70 new homes, 38 of which would be available to rent from Pembrokeshire Housing Association and reserved for local people.
So far almost 2,500 people have signed the petition in opposition to the hotel’s opening, a mile away from the city’s renowned cathedral.
Conservative Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies, believes the hotel would contradict the reputation of St Davids as an ancient landscape.
St Davids would lose its cultural charm, the building of houses could go ahead without the hotel.
There are alternative sites outside St David’s and I would want to see Premier Inn consider these before pushing through plans, against the will of the local community.
It’s anticipated that Whitbread will submit a planning application to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority for determination in early 2018.”
These guests are expected to spend an additional £1.5 million in the local economy.
James Anderson, Associate Director at planning consultancy Turley, leading community engagement on the plans, said,
Premier Inn would open St Davids to the nation, providing visitors with diverse hotel accommodation and a greater range of price.
There’s a strong opposition from residents expressed by NOPi, but there are a lot of local people who are really supportive of the hotel.
That’s what the local council and the National Parks will have to weigh up in the New Year when the application gets submitted.”
Whitbread also says that around 20 permanent, year-round jobs will be created if the hotel opens.
St Davids resident and owner of The Pebbles Café, Rachael Thomas, said
I think that Premier Inn will positively impact the local economy, offering more
people jobs and giving the city a boost into the modern world.”
But another resident, 23-year-old Adam Shaun said,
Inviting Premier Inn into our unique city could open the doors to more multi-national companies and threaten local businesses and B&B’s.
St Davids is untouched and beautiful and it should stay that way.”
The development’s statutory consultation period ends Monday 8 January 2018.