Officials fear for future as Warwick Racecourse hotel turned down

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Officials at Warwick Racecourse fear for its future after plans to build a four-storey hotel have been refused.

Warwick District Council rejected the application to build the 100-bedroom hotel on grounds of conservation and impact on nearby homes.

Huw Williams, managing director of the racecourse, said they needed "additional sources of revenue to help support non race day activity".

The council said it was only opposed to the location of the hotel.

'Not solely racing'

Mr Williams said: "Warwick Racecourse only races 21 days a year and in this current climate, I'm not sure there'd be many businesses that could justify opening just for 21 days a year.

"To be able to maintain and bring 50,000 people into Warwick, we need to be able to keep the race days going and they alone do not keep the business going... It is not solely racing.

"It could very well jeopardise the future, the funding of racing at the moment has huge challenges."

Warwick Town councillor John Holland said the main reason Warwick District Council turned down the proposal was because it would be "pretty awful for the people living next door".

Mr Holland, who was representing Warwick Town Council as an objector on behalf of the residents, said: "We've never been against a hotel.

"All we've ever actually been against is a hotel at this one particular point, right by the houses in Hampton Street.

"We still are very ready and willing to help find a site on the racecourse for this hotel."

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