Hotel plan for Club Diana in Wellingborough

Club Diana in Wellingborough
Club Diana in Wellingborough

More than 60 jobs could be created if plans for the refurbishment of a club, including a new hotel, get the go-ahead.

Directors of Club Diana in Finedon Road, Wellingborough, say the site needs refurbishment to improve the facilities and ensure its survival.

The plans submitted are two-fold: an outline proposal to determine access arrangement, layout and scale for a new-build element including squash courts, gym, conference rooms, bar, restaurant and 88-bedroom hotel, and a full proposal to refurbish the existing swimming pool, changing rooms and food and drink areas.

The club currently employs 35 full or part-time staff, but the proposals would generate dozens more jobs.

A planning application report states: “The site is a key site on the eastern access from Finedon and will be a key location between the industrial zone in Wellingborough and proposed new housing to the south of Finedon Road.

“The Club Diana directors have spent time in preparing planning proposals that will improve the club, ensure its survival and increase employment by another 65 jobs in Wellingborough.”

If approved, the scheme would see an 88-bed hotel built to the rear of the site and the existing squash courts and other facilities demolished to allow for new ones to be constructed.

The existing club swimming pool, changing rooms and food and drink areas would be refurbished in the next phase with an additional floor added above the current bar and restaurant. New parking would also be created.

Several objections to the plans have been received, which will be considered by Wellingborough Council.

One objection published on the council website states: “My main objection is the traffic flow and increased road usage as this is already a busy road causing many issues for local residents.

“I also feel that the building looks totally out of place in its surroundings; I would go as far as to say it looks like a blot on the landscape.”