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Hotel business expansion plans approved

Grade two listed Stonehouse Court Hotel has had plans approved to create new bedrooms and enhance its on-site restaurant.

Stonehouse Court Hotel. Picture: Google

Overlooking the Stroud Water Canal, the established hotel and wedding venue are looking to enhance its offering further after the recent addition of a spa building.

Owners, Cedar House Hotel Company Ltd, seek to demolish a dated 1980's extension to make way for a new two-storey building which will adjoin the 17th century manor.

The demolition will make way for a new dining space, replacement kitchen facilities and three new duplex bedroom suites.

Another part of the approved plans involves permission to construct a new building within the hotel's gardens, which will house an additional 10 bedrooms.

Site plan of the expansion. Credit: Stroud DC

Guest bedrooms within the new building, named the Caroline Lawn Bedrooms, will be set around a central courtyard and all have individual private garden areas.

Caroline Lawn Bedrooms layout. Credit: Stroud DC

At the time of the planning submission, local residents expressed concerns over increased hotel guests and how this would lead to noise pollution and further loss of privacy.

Despite this, Stroud District Council planning officer Nick Gardiner approved the proposal.

Mr Gardiner said: "The proposal is considered to be acceptable in design and appearance and scale for its proposed use whilst conserving and enhancing the manor site.

"The extension and Caroline Lawn Bedrooms will not appear dominant or incongruous within the street scene, and are visually recessive to the grade two listed building, managing to achieve a modern intervention without eroding the historic fabric or important views into and out of the conservation area.

Elevations of the manor extension. Credit: Stroud DC

"In addition, the proposal supports the local economy due to the hotel and wedding supply chain whilst increasing the employment opportunities over and above the existing workforce."

Once both phases of the project are complete, the hotels capacity will rise from 36 to 49 bedrooms.

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