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JOHN RADFORD GOING AHEAD WITH PLANS FOR HOTEL
6th November 2017 21:02


31 OCT 2017

John Radford told the Nottingham Post:

“I’m still going to go ahead and put in plans for a hotel at the stadium, and hope the council isn’t going to delay my application.

“There’s room in Mansfield for two hotels and it’s something we’ve said we would give to the fans.”

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Developer chosen to build first major hotel in Mansfield - featuring restaurant, gym and shops
There could be a second hotel on the way too, with Mansfield Town's owners still wanting to build one next to their stadium

nottinghampost.com, by Dan Robinson, Deputy Business Editor, 31 OCT 2017

A new major hotel in Mansfield town centre has moved a step closer after the preferred developer to build the accommodation was revealed.

Arba Group has been selected by Mansfield District Council to redevelop the old bus station site in Stockwell Gate North.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/business/developer-chosen-build-first-hotel-708042

It plans to build an 80-bed hotel with a roof terrace, restaurant, café, bar and gym. The proposed scheme also includes a piazza, open space and other landscaping.

The council’s announcement follows a decision to turn down plans by Mansfield Town’s owner John Radford for a 120-room hotel with an international brand at the same site, at the junction of Rosemary Street.

But Mr Radford says he will instead turn his attention to building another hotel at the club’s One Call Stadium.

Executive Mayor of Mansfield Kate Allsop said: “We are very excited that our long term regeneration vision for the town centre and desire for a much-needed hotel in Mansfield are moving forward.

“The redevelopment of this key gateway site will make the town centre an even more inviting and enjoyable place to visit and in turn help to create a thriving, vibrant and sustainable district.”

Arba Group, based in Broadway, Mansfield, is now in negotiations with the council and national hotel, food and drinks operators to bring the plans to fruition over the next two years.

The company specialises in retail, leisure and industrial development.

Its senior management team has a combined experience of more than 70 years in property development, estate management and construction.

The council said Arba had an “excellent track record” of delivering projects, pointing out how it had recently acquired and redeveloped the former Lloyds Bank building in Stockwell Gate, which is now Capo Lounge.

Another recent development was building 80,000 sq ft offices at Meadowhall in Sheffield.

A delegated decision in relation to the disposal of the former bus station site is due to be taken by Councillor Roger Sutcliffe, portfolio holder for finance, on Friday (November 3).

In a report by Mike Robinson, director of economic growth at the council, he recommends that the site is declared surplus to requirements and is sold to the Arba Group.

The council said it has continually looked for opportunities to redevelop the site since the old bus station was relocated to Quaker Way in 2013.

In September this year, the council asked for expressions of interest from developers to buy and develop the site in line with its regeneration aims.

This resulted in two formal submissions received by Colliers, the council’s development agency, comprising one from Arba and another from Mr Radford, who was told earlier this month his proposal was “not the preferred bid”.

In a statement, the council said: “The Arba Group’s plans offer strong links to the town centre with a direct entrance to the hotel from Stockwell Gate.

“The combination of a quality hotel, other leisure uses and strong links to the town centre would significantly increase the number of visitors in this location.

“The chosen proposal also gives the council the option to buy back the completed development, which could form part of the council’s long-term investment strategy.

“Further investigation into this will take place at a later date.”

Mr Radford told the Post he felt he had been misled by the council after spending money on architects and surveyors in the belief it wanted to work with him on the project.

But he added: “I don’t hold any grudges and wish the Arba Group luck because it will be good for the town.

“I’m still going to go ahead and put in plans for a hotel at the stadium, and hope the council isn’t going to delay my application.

“There’s room in Mansfield for two hotels and it’s something we’ve said we would give to the fans.”

Mansfield MP Ben Bradley had previously voiced his concerns with how the council treated the Radfords during the bidding process but encouraged them to move forward with their plans for the Field Mill hotel.

He added: "Redevelopment on the old bus station site is a massive priority for the town centre.

"It's a massive eyesore at the moment so a hotel would reshape the town, turning a derelict building into a real hub - so it's vital it goes ahead.

"There's space for two hotels because close to £500,000 a year goes out the district because visitors have to stay elsewhere so there's clearly an audience, while the big brands will come with their own marketing budgets and capacity to attract people."

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Stags confirm plans for 108-bed hotel in Mansfield
chad.co.uk, by JESSICA DALLISON, Friday 03 November 2017

Mansfield Town FC have revealed they are submitting plans for their own hotel - attached to the South Stand at the stadium on Quarry Lane, Mansfield. Chairman and owner of the club John Radford, has said he is submitting plans for a 108-bed-room ‘high quality’ hotel and has spoken to a global hotel brand which hopes to work with. The club previously submitted hotel plans for the old bus station site on Rosemary Street, Mansfield, but they were not selected as the preferred bid by Mansfield District Council. Mr Radford said: “I think the town can support two hotels. “It will be my first hotel, we want it to look nice. “I was a little disappointed to start with when the news was released about us not being the preferred bid, but then when it all comes down to Mansfield we are all on the same side.” In the plans the hotel will contain conference rooms, a break out area and gym. The reception for the hotel will also not be at ground level. The plans are yet to go through planning, but after a pre-plan meeting Mr Radford attended he said it ‘should not be a problem’ and hopes to have the plans submitted buy the end of the month. The hotel is hoped to be fully operational by 2020.'

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/news/stags-confirm-plans-for-108-bed-hotel-in-mansfield-1-8839336

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