Spa plans for hotel set to be discussed by parish council

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Plans to build a spa at a village hotel are progressing, more than one year after the project was approved.

Thorpeness and Aldeburgh Hotels, which owns The Swan in Lavenham High Street, has submitted amendments to the application approved by Babergh District Council in December 2011, which seek to demolish and rebuild the Wildlife Art Gallery and make changes to the car park and garden walls.

A plunge pool, which was removed from the original application after Lavenham Parish Council expressed concerns about potential disturbance to residents, has been reinstated in the revised plans and relocated to the courtyard area.

Ingo Wiangke, general manager of The Swan Hotel, said: “The planning application was approved in December 2011 and these are some very slight and minor alterations to those plans.”

The application submitted to Babergh District Council states that the gallery would be replaced in an “almost like–for–like manner”.

It also states that: “The proposed spa facility is needed and will consolidate the business for its long–term survival. This will have a positive impact on the surrounding businesses and industry.”

The plans state that nine full–time jobs would be created, and the spa would be open to hotel residents and the wider community.

Mr Wiangke declined to confirm a proposed start date for the project.

Lavenham Parish Council is due to discuss the plans at a meeting tonight.