The expansion of a Norwich hotel was approved today by Broadland District Council’s Planning Committee.

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The plans will see the construction of 30 new bedrooms at Drayton Old Lodge, off Drayton High Road, and also a new function room, 51 car park spaces, an entrance lobby and reception area.

Roger Foulger, Broadland councillor for Drayton South and member of the council’s planning committee, said the plans were prepared following a new business plan processed by the directors of the hotel.

“At present there is no overnight accomadation, he said. “Which does have an impact on the attendace at wedding’s and causes people to leave at quite late hours.

“This is a welcomed proposal.”

The applicant had also put in planning permission for the continued use of a marquee for three years.

But Ian Graham, Broadland councillor for Aylsham and member of the planning committee, said although the plans were “liked” the marquee had already been up for a number of years.

He suggested that permission be granted for two years instead, in the hope that the work would be carried out quickly.

Building the new function room will eventually replace the marquee, which is based at the rear of the hotel, and will include an oak pergola.

Councillors at the meeting unanimously approved the plans but agreed to continue the use of the marquee for two years, not three.

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