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18 February 2015, 06:51
Plans have been released of a new £8 million, 330 bed hotel at Stansted Airport.
The two-acre site would be built adjacent to the terminal building on Bassingbourn Road.
Stansted Airport, which is owned by Manchester Airport Group (MAG), says the project is "key" to support the growth of the airport in the future and should create jobs for the local area.
Robin Butler, Managing Director of the site's developers Urban&Civic, said: "This is a very rare development opportunity. Continuing enhancement of the rail, road and air links are an imperative to maintaining economic momentum and competitiveness on a global scale.
"Urban&Civic have already committed substantial investment within the wider region and see London Stansted Airport as an essential component in the growth story. Working in partnership with MAG we will ensure that we deliver a new hotel of a quality and standard which appropriately reflects this opportunity"
Lynda Shillaw MAG Property CEO said: "This opportunity is a significant step for development at Stansted, providing a key facility to support the growth of the airport and opportunities for the local community through the jobs that it creates.
"Conditional planning for the hotel has been granted but an operator is yet to be agreed and we are working closely with Urban&Civic to ensure that a high quality development is delivered.
"The deal is testament to Stansted's growth potential as the UK's fourth busiest airport, where currently approximately 1 million passengers per year are being added."
There are some final details to be worked out but it is hoped construction will start in July 2015 and the hotel will open its doors to customers in December 2016.