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Sympathetic development

It's all systems go on 48 Spa Road ... we'll be taking over "The Old Manor" on 31st May. Through the summer, we'll be thoroughly updating both inside and out, and we'll be opening in the Autumn as Well House Manor - a hotel specialising in accommodation for business visitors to Melksham.

Well House Manor is set on a three quarters of an acre site, just five minutes walk from the town centre. The closeness to the town, and yet the large space available, make it ideal for business men who will be driving down to Wiltshire, and want to stay in a town with good access to a choice of shops, pubs and restaurants.

The size of the site and location would also have made it ideal for housing development. I've been looking through some of the developer's plans that accompanied a planning application made a year or two back for over 20 dwelling units to be built. Fascinating; the application was never approved, and I can understand that it would have been rather out of place; we happened by a development that's underway by the same developer in Trowbridge yesterday and - well - I can understand why the neighbours felt that something this

would have been out of place in what is a quiet, ample-gardened leafy area of Melksham.

So how did the developers present their case? One of the big issues was access off the B road at the front into the site; at present, the entrance is "blind" and I know that when I visit there I come out with extreme caution. Even on foot, I walk out between the walls currently there on Friday and was nearly run over by a cyclist on the pavement. It turn out that the developers were planning to narrow the road so that they could get better visibility .. except that the plans described it as widening the pavements to make it safer for pedestrians. Isn't it interesting how the same change can be cast in two different lights!

((Footnote - we'll be neither widening the pavement nor narrowing the road, but we WILL be dropping the wall and increasing the visibility splay so that there will no longer be an issue; we're updating the access to an existing building and won't have any great change in traffic level, so that we're not going to over-engineer up to the level of entrance required for a cul-de-sac with 22 houses and a children's playground on it.))
(written 2006-04-09, updated 2006-06-05)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
M100 - Introduction to Well House Manor
  [4299] The Best Bed and Breakfast in Melksham? - (2014-09-19)
  [4147] A hidden hotel gem in Melksham - (2013-07-31)
  [3985] Special weekend at Well House Manor - come and see Wiltshire - (2013-01-20)
  [3864] Guest Guide for Well House Manor and Melksham - (2012-09-18)
  [3800] Fancy a weekend away? Try Well House Manor in Melksham, Wiltshire - (2012-07-09)
  [3765] Christmas in June? Melksham hotel bookings and Santa train - (2012-06-15)
  [3611] A customer thanks Well House Manor - (2012-02-13)
  [3202] Telling you something about us in just one line - (2011-03-15)
  [3115] Perl, Python, PHP, Lua, Linux, and more - and business hotel too. Menu for 2011 - (2010-12-31)
  [3014] Well House Manor - the next six years - (2010-10-24)
  [2978] Christmas 2010 - Well House Manor, Melksham, Hotel - (2010-10-01)
  [2941] Wedding season in Melksham - somewhere good to stay - (2010-08-31)
  [2923] Fresh air and beautiful places in Wiltshire - (2010-08-15)
  [2425] Weekend and Christmas Promotion - Well House Manor Hotel, Melksham - (2009-09-26)
  [2125] We have lost a regular business guest - (2009-04-10)
  [2119] Make your business a DESTINATION business - (2009-04-05)
  [2076] A New Advert for Well House Manor - (2009-03-11)
  [1975] Well House Manor Hotel - on plan for 2009 business guests - (2009-01-03)
  [1968] Review of 2008 - (2008-12-31)
  [1866] What a difference a day made - (2008-11-02)
  [1706] The Story of Well House Manor - (2008-07-12)
  [1492] Well House Consultants Training and Hotel - 2008 news - (2008-01-01)
  [1388] Well House Manor - a year on - (2007-10-12)
  [1384] An email update for past guests and delegates - (2007-10-08)
  [1371] Hotel in Melksham at Christmas - (2007-09-29)
  [1332] Melksham Hotel - Five Star Kitchen! - (2007-09-04)
  [1261] High summer at Well House Manor - (2007-07-08)
  [1211] A lot has happened in a year - (2007-05-31)
  [1132] Well House Manor, Melksham, Art Gallery - (2007-04-02)
  [1112] Bank Holiday country breaks in Melksham, Wiltshire - (2007-03-17)
  [1072] Well House Manor in the Snow - (2007-02-09)
  [1069] Rail trouble forced me to buy hotel - (2007-02-07)
  [1018] Open Source Courses and Business Hotel - products and prices for 2007 - (2007-01-01)
  [1002] Meet the neighbours - (2006-12-20)
  [978] Wellhouse Manor, Hotel, Melksham - (2006-12-10)
  [940] Winter at Well House Manor - Open Houses - (2006-11-23)
  [902] Brand new hotel and training centre, Melksham - (2006-10-22)
  [891] Well House Manor Hotel, Melksham, Wiltshire - (2006-10-10)
  [793] The Wilts and Berks Canal - (2006-07-05)
  [756] Seeing the bricks for the trees - (2006-06-11)
  [571] Well House Manor - (2006-01-21)
  [512] Exciting futures - the Well House Manor project - (2005-11-30)

M300 - Well House Manor - Behind the scenes
  [4302] Sunday is never quiet at Well House Manor - (2014-09-21)
  [3961] Well House Staff Party - (2012-12-22)
  [3844] Rooms ready for guests - each time, every time, thanks to good system design - (2012-08-20)
  [3743] Sunday - no longer a day of rest - (2012-05-28)
  [3093] How many toilet rolls - hotel inventory and useage - (2010-12-18)
  [2961] Initial handling of phone calls and walk in visitors - (2010-09-19)
  [2960] The Well House team - September 2010 - (2010-09-19)
  [2916] Testing the robustness of our hotel and training systems - holiday and sickness times - (2010-08-11)
  [2910] Robust - testing the system - (2010-08-09)
  [2396] Easing off in our 50s? - (2009-09-06)
  [2247] A day in the life of a hotelier - (2009-06-18)
  [1991] Rules for a King - (2009-01-13)
  [1973] Required Request - (2009-01-03)
  [1957] Why are cooks bad tempered? - (2008-12-22)
  [1948] Blame Culture - (2008-12-17)
  [1904] Ruby, Perl, Linux, MySQL - some training notes - (2008-11-23)
  [1900] Table Topics - (2008-11-22)
  [1854] Three Seasonal Pictures - (2008-10-25)
  [1637] Providing exceptional service - and carrying on doing so. - (2008-05-09)
  [1571] Await guests in the early hours - (2008-03-12)
  [1520] Terms and Conditions - Hotel, England - plain English - (2008-01-26)
  [1515] Keeping staff up to date on hotel room status - (2008-01-22)
  [1490] Software to record day to day events and keep an action list - (2007-12-31)
  [1441] On cancellations, rebooking, and pricing schemes - (2007-11-22)
  [1369] One business, four different angles! - (2007-09-28)
  [1319] Customer feedback - lifeblood of a business - (2007-08-25)
  [1311] What do people look for on a hotel web site? - (2007-08-20)
  [1285] In the army, or in civvie street? - (2007-07-31)
  [1189] Meet, greet and welcome - (2007-05-16)
  [1179] Sizing sheets and other domestic issues - (2007-05-07)
  [1159] It can take more that one plus one to get two. - (2007-04-22)
  [1105] A week is a long time in the life of a conference centre - (2007-03-10)
  [1083] Behind the scenes - (2007-02-17)
  [1000] One Thousand Posts and still going strong - (2006-12-18)
  [951] What happened at Geekmas - (2006-11-28)
  [939] Swipe cards for hotel rooms - Security issues - (2006-11-23)
  [931] Before and After - Well House Manor - (2006-11-18)
  [927] Hotel door furniture - (2006-11-15)
  [897] Too much for the National Trust - (2006-10-18)
  [868] Smoking, or no - (2006-09-16)
  [813] Monday Morning at Well House Consultants Melksham - (2006-07-24)
  [769] King Edward VII - days of empire - (2006-06-20)
  [742] A visit from the solicitor - (2006-06-03)
  [203] Holes in on line information - (2005-02-05)

M350 - Well House Manor - project diary
  [4012] A course is not just for a year - its for a career - (2013-02-20)
  [3968] Expecting nothing, but prepared for anything - (2013-01-05)
  [3963] National TV - Melksham - 9th January 2013, Pre-alert. - (2012-12-27)
  [3847] The Accidental Hotelier - (2012-08-24)
  [3645] Keeping our hotel looking like new, by using our gained experience - (2012-03-09)
  [3585] The changing Hotel and Bed and Breakfast business in Melksham - (2012-01-18)
  [1098] Three big events - TWSW, Business of the year and the police - (2007-03-03)
  [1087] Telling a story in different ways - (2007-02-20)
  [941] Snagging - (2006-11-24)
  [932] A tale of a wee wall - (2006-11-19)
  [894] Where quality costs less - (2006-10-15)
  [890] Open - (2006-10-09)
  [881] Coming together. - (2006-09-29)
  [862] 4 weeks to go - (2006-09-11)
  [858] From the Manor written - (2006-09-07)
  [855] Fitting our bathrooms - (2006-09-04)
  [844] Hotel, Melksham, Wiltshire - (2006-08-24)
  [816] Above the parapit, Well House Manor - (2006-07-28)
  [776] Naming Rooms - (2006-06-24)
  [744] We can offer a room, but we can't operate on a dog - (2006-06-05)
  [739] The eye - (2006-05-31)
  [721] Residential - (2006-05-15)
  [720] Planning a hotel refurb - an example of a Gant chart in PHP - (2006-05-14)
  [555] Hotel novelties - (2006-01-05)
  [550] 2006 - Making business a pleasure - (2006-01-01)


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