PLANS to extend a Premier Inn hotel with an extra 41 bedrooms have been decided on by the council.

Proposals were drawn up for a two-storey extension to Premier Inn hotel at Eurolink, off the Linkway, close to the Mickle Head Green restaurant.

Plans are to provide an extra 41 bedrooms and include associated works to create an enlarged car park.

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In a cover letter to the application, the proposals stated: "This hotel operates successfully and viably and, as such Premier Inn have identified this as a site that can accommodate further hotel rooms"

It added: "Premier Inn has identified a considerable demand for additional hotel accommodation within this location. This proposal, for 41 additional bedrooms, would significantly help address this demand.

"The proposed extension is located in an area currently containing car parking and will involve replacing current car parking spaces. Subsequently, the parking provision at the site will increase from 124 to 142 spaces.

"The proposed extension to the hotel will be constructed in materials to match the existing hotel."

Plans concluded: "The proposed extension meets an established need and would be a significant boost to the local economy".

St Helens Council has granted the plans permission.

In a report, case officer Daley Parsonage said: "The application site is an existing hotel and already in active use and therefore the principle of a hotel on the site is already established".

It added: "The principle of expanding the hotel on this site is therefore deemed to be acceptable."