A FORMER hotel, spa and pub on the outskirts of the town could be turned into a care home, if a planning application gets the go-ahead.
The new owners of the Miraj Hotel, in Derby Road, have applied to the Derbyshire Dales District Council to change its use from a hotel into a care home and have promised a ‘rapid conversion’ if permission is granted.
James Hudson Builders, from Ambergate, said in a supporting statement as part of the application that the opening of a budget hotel in the town rendered the Miraj Hotel non-viable and explained it had been experiencing ‘difficult trading conditions’ before it fell into administration in June.
The statement reads: “There is a deficiency of care facilities in the town of Ashbourne and a search for a suitable premises has been on-going for some time. The closure of the Miraj Hotel has provided an opportunity to address this requirement.
“The rapid conversion of the hotel to a care home will minimise the loss of employment in the town. The care home will create considerably more jobs than have been lost through closure of the hotel and these jobs can be brought on-stream quickly.
“It will be possible for many of the staff who have become unemployed as a result of the closure to be re-employed at the care home.”
The developer has promised the proposed new care home, which would accommodate 60 residents and employ around 60 staff, would not change the exterior of the building or alter the car parking layout and landscaping.
Om Monday Ashbourne Town Council’s planning committee met to discuss the plans and unanimously agreed to register no objection.
Chairman Jon Barrs said: “Personally I think it will lend itself very well to something like that as all the facilities are already there such as the bedrooms, catering and so on.
“With the world as it is, I don’t think the hospitality industry is doing as well as it could do at the moment but I can see that this could do quite well.”