A HOTEL in Mere is looking to build 24 bedrooms and renovate its conference facilities in a bid to keep up with competition in the area.

The Mere Court Hotel on the A50 is seeking permission – and listed building consent – to create the extra bedrooms in an extension to the existing hotel plus internal remodelling of the Coach House to create a function and conference suite.

According to the planning documents, the hotel said that due to capacity issues it had lost more than £200,000 in prospective bookings from 2014 through to 2016.

The statement said: “For a business operating in a hugely competitive sector, this is a massive loss of revenue.

“The General Manager has noted, in particular, that the recent granting of planning permission for extensions at the Mere Resort has directly and adversely impacted upon his business.”

The hotel currently has 34 rooms.

The design statement added: “The ‘Coach-House’ at the entrance to the site is currently used as a conference centre as an ancillary facility for the hotel. This building is to be remodelled internally for use as a function suite.

“This building is not listed in its own right, but is considered as curtilage listed.

“The proposed bedroom block rather than being a true extension of the existing Listed hotel building, is a standalone construction with a single storey link attachment. This would be the least intrusive approach in relation to impact on the Listed Building.

“The proposed bedroom block is separated from the main hotel by means of a single storey predominately glazed link, which contains the main hotel reception and access to the rear walled garden area.

“The link connects to the existing building in the form of a glass box element which achieves a lightweight unobtrusive connection.”

Comments can be made on the Cheshire East Council planning portal but a decision is expected by the end of August.