Haslemere Chamber has written to Waverley Borough Council, urging it to approve the proposed multi-million pound expansion of Lythe Hill Hotel.

Chamber President David Goddin says: “The investment is significant and will be a shot in the arm for Haslemere and Waverley.”

Last week it was announced that Haslemere Town Council has also expressed support for the project.

The Chamber’s letter says: “Having considered the proposals for development at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce is of the opinion that the project will have significant benefits for the Borough of Waverley, the town of Haslemere and its wider area of economic influence.

“The injection of capital, on the scale that the project envisages, represents a massive vote of confidence in the area, with substantial potential to underpin local business growth. It will undoubtedly contribute towards the realisation of Chamber and Council expectations on economic development and, we hope, also encourage further commercial investment.

“Business and community leaders are actively promoting Haslemere and its surroundings. This project will provide a wealth of additional promotional opportunity.

“In our view, it will especially:

  • Enhance Haslemere’s potential as both a destination town and a gateway to the many attractions of the South Downs region
  • Increase footfall in Haslemere – with fresh support for the retail sector cascading to professional and commercial service providers
  • Create job opportunities for local people at the hotel and in other businesses
  • Provide new high-standard leisure and restaurant facilities.

“Haslemere Chamber therefore urges Waverley Borough Council to acknowledge the potential of this proposed development by granting authority for it to proceed.”

Plans for the development are open for comment until the end of this week.