Councillors have provisionally accepted an offer from a major chain to build at hotel on a patch of derelict land.
In a meeting last night, members of Derbyshire Dales District Council accepted the offer made by Premier Inn of £400,000 for the land in front of Arc Leisure, Matlock.
The company plans to build a 50–bed hotel complete with restaurant and car parking.
The move was made under the provision that the authority would take the land off the market for a period of six months, allowing the company to carry out surveys, consult with solicitors and board members and submit a planning application.
Councillor Sue Burfoot, member for All Saints ward, said: “I’m welcoming the offer and I really hope it does go ahead because I think it would be a good addition to the town.
“I do think we need some kind of hotel provision. It fits a niche.”
Cllr Burfoot added that were a planning application to be submitted by Premier Inn, the authority would treat it as it would any other application – without any prejudice.