Bid to renovate Holbeach hotel is welcomed by parish council chairman
A bid by developers to breathe new life into The Chequers Hotel at Holbeach has been welcomed by parish council chairman Paul Foyster.
Spalding company API is seeking consent to renovate the pub/restaurant and four residential units - and to turn a B&B into 11 residential units.
Coun Foyster said the hotel has become an eyesore while in its heyday it was “quite a hub”.
He said: “As far as I can see the areas reserved for the bar and restaurant are pretty adequate so there will still be a commercial use of the premises.”
But he says two things worry him - parking, because there will be “quite a lot of flats”, and potential traffic movements with High Street being so busy.
Coun Foyster would like to see a one-way system on site, with vehicles entering from High Street and leaving by Park Road.
He would also like to see one section of the Boston Road car park - near Boyes department store - opened up at nights.
Coun Foyster said: “It should be open 24/7.”
The councillor remembers the local business forum used to meet at the hotel and says his wife used to attend dances at the premises.
He said: “There isn’t a restaurant of anything like that size in Holbeach. There’s several small ones but I don’t think there’s anything that size.”
A planning application has been submitted to South Holland District Council for the renovation.