Veteran Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh has called on Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to approve the demolition of the former Sun Inn to make way for a new Travelodge hotel in the town centre.
The demolition of 37 Market Street has been approved by West Lindsey District Council, but requires the final green light from the Secretary of State due to heritage assets potentially affected by the development.
The Gainsborough MP said that redevelopment of the old Sun Inn and surrounding area would have a positive impact on jobs and the regeneration of the town.
He said: “This scheme will bring much needed hotel space to Gainsborough. Other than a handful of excellent bed and breakfasts the hotel scene in the town is almost entirely absent.
“Local businesses have been crying out for somewhere to accommodate their visitors and the local tourist economy is being hampered by the lack of a hotel of the proposed scale and standard.
“In the wider area the hotel would also support the Robin Hood Airport nearby.
“The local council has worked hard to bring forward a more wide-ranging scheme than previously approved.
“It will deliver the retention, refurbishment and improvement of two listed buildings, and other unlisted buildings; the Roseway car park will be significantly enhanced and Travelodge, who will run the hotel, will also accommodate a family restaurant.”