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Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre could replace Peterborough hotel

The Hub hotel, based on Newton Way, Fengate, may be turned into a residential care facility for people overcoming addiction following a '70% slump' in business following Brexit and Covid.
Planning permission has been sought to change The Hub hotel into a rehab centre (photo: Google Maps)

An application by Verve Health to Peterborough City Council (PCC) requests a change of use from a hotel to residential care, a meeting room and a gym, with a reduction in both rooms and car parking spaces.

The initial application for the building, also formerly known as the Formule 1 Hotel among other names, includes a reduction of 13 parking spaces, and six rooms.

In the official documents, agent Mrs McManus, of AM Planning Consultants LTD, wrote: "The owner purchased the hotel site in 2013 and had many successful years. However, since Brexit in January 2019, when the majority of the hotels regular migrant worker clients returned to their country of origin the business has slumped by 70% as they were the hotels core business.

"The accounts 2019/2020 showed a loss of 126k. Now with Covid-19 the hotel is on its knees and the opportunity to change the use to a care facility will move the business in a new long-term viable direction. The hotel is now only open Friday- Sunday (Inclusive) as its is not viable to open all week without any guests."

Mrs McManus explained that the new facility would be operated by Nick Conn, the founder and CEO of Help4addiction and Verve Health and would be a specialist private drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. 

The treatment programmes would be expected to range from seven days to one month. 

Qualified and experienced counsellors would join the team to help clients with their recovery and build a life for their future.

Mrs McManus added: "The applicant would continue to employ the existing staff in similar roles when operated as a residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre. This would be operated as a privately-run residential facility with some NHS referrals, it is not a drop-in facility."

The centre would be regulated by the Quality Care Commission who would do a regular rigorous inspection of the site and would not allow it to operate unless it satisfies their stringent standards.

The applicant will also offer support to local people by running a meeting to discuss addiction issues.

Any comments can be submitted to PCC through the planning page here.