A study into bed space supply and demand for the city forming part of the emerging Local Development Framework has revealed a city that can accommodate existing and future demand.
The study identified 160 existing hotels and guest houses in Brighton & Hove with a total of 4,293 bedrooms and six new hotels are currently under construction or proposed for the city which could add an additional 1,023 bedrooms. This would represent a 23% increase in the total supply of serviced accommodation.
The study highlighted the effect of the Brighton Centre as a driver of demand for hotels close to the Centre and the burgeoning short break business as a driver for hotels generally in the city.
A range of developments will add to the destination offer over the next five years e.g. the Ice Arena at Black Rock, the Brighton Eye, the King Alfred and the Community Stadium and the projections prepared suggest that existing and planned 3 and 4 star hotels in the city will provide sufficient bedspaces to fulfil demand for the next 10 years.
The study concludes that greater flexibility should be introduced so that policies can be more responsive to changing market conditions but while planning policies should continue to protect existing accommodation unless non-viability can be demonstrated, it should be recognised that some poorer quality, less well-located establishments may need to be allowed to change use.
For more details of the report click on the link below
P&R Report on Hotel Futures Study
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