A Diss hotel is planning major changes to meet a demand for more bedrooms.
The Park Hotel is proposing to add nine bedrooms to its existing 19 which it says are frequently full and potential guests are turned away.
We believe the proposals laid out in this application will have a positive impact on the listing by safeguarding the future of the hotel and enhancing the viability of the business
The development will involve a remodelling to convert most of a dance floor, stage and bar which has been popular with dinner-dance goers in the past. But in a statement supporting a planning application to South Norfolk Council, the hotel says the area is now seldom used.
The statement adds that the hotel is regularly fully booked and the business would “hugely benefit” by converting a large unoccupied space, and incorporating a dance floor in the hotel’s conference space would still allow functions for large parties. New folding doors will allow the hotel’s restaurant also to become part of the conference space.
The statement adds that the existing layout does not best suit the needs of either staff or guests, and highlights a particular difficulty for disabled visitors.
The new layout would seek to improve the “flow” of the hotel as well as adding new disabled toilets.
The hotel has been a Grade 2 listed building since 1972 although several modern extensions have been added. The only change affecting the listed part of the building is the part-removal of a wall between the restaurant and the function room.
“We believe the proposals laid out in this application will have a positive impact on the listing by safeguarding the future of the hotel and enhancing the viability of the business,” adds the statement.
Hotel owner Tracey Davies, who returned to the town to take over the hotel in 2007, was away this week and not available for any further comment.