Peak District National Park given permission for first hotel in 66 years

It is a unique move for the popular tourist site

The Peak District National Park is set to have its first new-build hotel since the park was created in 1961, following a landslide decision by planners for a new tourist development.

The development will provide an additional visitor facility and hotel for the National Park, which receives 12 million visitors each year.

The site currently suffers from an undersupply of hotel accommodation and the planning application was passed as an exception to normal policy due to its overwhelming public support and benefits to tourism within the National Park.

The brownfield site is located on the National Park’s principle route on the edge of Stoney Middleton, just minutes away from Chatsworth House and Bakewell.

The development is set to include two new buildings, featuring a 71-bedroom hotel and a separate visitor/heritage centre, with a cafe and craft shop.

The current owners will operate the visitor and heritage centre, but the hotel site is being offered for sale or lease as a development opportunity, and is being marketed by property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall.

Ian Naylor, partner at Sanderson Weatherall said, “This is a rare and fantastic opportunity to acquire what it set to be the largest hotel in the National Park.

“The development will benefit year-round from the huge footfall from both national and international visitors to the area, as well as from corporate and other market sectors, and with little competition.”

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