Premier Inn approved at Venture Fields

Planning permission has been granted for a 60-bed hotel to be built at Widnes's new £10m leisure scheme.

Venture Fields is being developed jointly by St Modwen and Halton Council.

The four-storey Premier Inn hotel, which includes an adjoining 7,500 sq ft Brewers Fayre restaurant, is the latest addition to the leisure complex on Widnes Waterfront.

Venture Fields is already more than 95% pre-let, with occupiers including a five-screen cinema operated by Reel Cinemas, a bowling alley operating as Widnes Superbowl, an ice rink operated by Planet Ice and a Frankie and Benny's restaurant.

The site is set to welcome its first visitors in the autumn of 2011.

Kevin Murray, senior acquisition manager in the north for Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants, the parent company of Premier Inn hotels, added: "Venture Fields is an outstanding development and an exciting regeneration project for Widnes. It's good news for Premier Inn that we're part of it and good news for our customers. What's more, our investment will bring jobs as well as increased visitor spend to the town, strengthening the local economy and helping Widnes to prosper."

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