New hotel development 'could boost Carmarthen's evening economy'
THERE are fresh hopes that a new out-of-town hotel could be on the way to Carmarthen with business leaders claiming it will help the town's evening economy.
An application seeking permission to build the 40- bedroom hotel, bar and restaurant on land at Travellers Rest will be discussed tomorrow by county planners.
The scheme forms part of the Carmarthen west development which also includes plans for 1,200 homes, light industrial space, a school and recreation grounds.
Local land owners Mentrus Developments are behind the hotel.
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Under the proposal a former cattle breeding centre — which Mentrus owns — would be demolished along with two properties.
A new access road would be created off Llysonnen Road.
In his report to the council planning committee, head of planning Eifion Bowen said the scheme is "likely to accrue significant economic benefits to the locality both in terms of employment and tourism by encouraging visitors to stay in the town and use the services, facilities and businesses".
Chamber of Trade and Commerce member Ralph Morgans said: "A hotel of that size is needed in the town and will help to bring people into the town in the evenings.
"Granted, Friday and Saturday nights are busy but a hotel like this would bring benefits for the rest of the week with people coming into the town in the evenings."
Mr Morgans, who owns Spar stores in the town, added: "Not only that, the hotel will be a huge help to the local economy and traders.
"It would be a positive thing if the hotel was finally on its way."
The site has been earmarked for a hotel development for the past decade but previous planning bids have been refused.
However, council planning chiefs are recommending the new plans are given the go-ahead by the authority's planning committee.
Chairman of Carmarthen Chamber of Trade and Commerce Matt Davies said: "I think the hotel would complement the existing hotels in the town.
"It shouldn't detract from what we already have in terms of hotels and bed and breakfasts.
"It would bring something extra to the town in terms of income and visitor numbers."