Celtic Football Club has been granted planning permission to create a new hotel, retail store, ticketing facility and museum next to its stadium.

Designed by architecture firm Holmes Miller, the estimated £18 million development will see a five-storey hotel based on London Road outside the main stand of Celtic Park and close to the Emirates Arena.

A restaurant and cafe/bar will be situated on the ground floor of the building, while the proposed new shop, ticketing facility and museum entrance would be at first floor level with the main portion of the museum below this.

Richard Brown, executive director for development and regeneration services at Glasgow City Council, has written to the Parkhead club saying the development had been approved without the need to go to councillors.

No objections were lodged to the plans and the decision notice states that building work must be commenced within three years.

Planners Muir Smith Evans, on behalf of Celtic, said more than 100 jobs could be created by the development.

A statement submitted as part of the planning application said: “The proposed development will result in the creation of some 100 to 120 permanent full and part-time jobs and will contribute positively to the regeneration of the Clyde Gateway area.”

It continued: “The direct creation of over 100 new employment opportunities will be a major boost to the area and will clearly contribute towards the key planning aim of achieving sustainable economic growth.

“There is currently no quality hotel accommodation within the area between the city centre and Tollcross despite the key attractions of Celtic Park and the Emirates Arena.

“The current lack of hotel accommodation in the vicinity means that everyone attending events at the football stadium or the arena requires to travel on the day of the event, adding to traffic volumes in the surrounding area.”

Previous plans for a £44m hotel development on a site facing Celtic Park were shelved in 2013.

Source: Scottish Construction Now!

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