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Hat-trick of awards for hotel as it gets extension go-ahead
9:50am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
BOSSES at Orsett Hall are celebrating after getting permission to build a new hotel within their grounds - just a day after winning a hat-trick of prestigious restaurant awards.
The venue will create 22 new rooms, and a leisure complex - featuring a swimming pool, jacuzzi, changing rooms and gym - in a grand new barn at the site off Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett.
Plans were given the go-ahead by Thurrock council’s planning committee. The facility will compliment the current hotel which has 35 bedrooms, two restaurants and two specialised hotels.
There will be an addouitional 25-space car park too.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s head chef Robert Pearce was named Chef of the Year and the hotel’s Garden Restaurant was handed Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year and Restaurant of the Year at the Essex Tourism and Hospitality Awards.
Alan Barnard, the director at Orsett Hall said: “We are so pleased the plans have been passed.
“This enables us to further enhance our four-star award-winning facilities while bringing new jobs to Thurrock and attracting guests and visitors from all over the world.”
On the hotel’s fantastic success at the Essex Tourism and Hospitality Awards, marketing manager Andrea Ince said: “To win one Award would have been a remarkable achievement, but to win three was fantastic and very unexpected! We are extremely proud of our Garden Restaurant and truly believe it is one of the best Restaurants in Essex for fine dining outside London.”
The development will be on the greenbelt, which normally requires special circumstances, but the council’s committee said Orsett Hall was “unique” and agreed to allow it.
Councillors spent 20 minutes debating and concluded the centre must only be used by hotel users - and any trees which are cut down on the greenbelt must be replaced.
Councillor Phil Anderson, leader of the Tory opposition, said: “The question is do we think we’re doing the right thing in accepting a case for special circumstances that places a large extension on a hotel in greenbelt?
“I think yes.
“Orsett Hall is unique within Thurrock.”
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