Robbie Savage Plans for Hotel in Carmarthenshire

Friday, 17th February 2012
  Robbie Savage, the former Wales footballer and Strictly Come Dancing competitor, is aiming to move into the hotel trade with an outline planning application for a 35-bedroom hotel and restaurant having been submitted to Carmarthenshire County Council. A football camp or other sports facilities could also be built on the 20 acre site near Trimsaran.   The Wrexham-born midfielder has teamed with Llanelli based businessman Tony Quaglia for the project which is for the development near the Ffos Las Racecourse in Carmarthenshire. The pair became friends when Mr Quaglia was a member of the Wales backroom staff under former manager Mark Hughes and Savage was a regular international. The business partners have acquired a 20 acre site next to the racecourse which opened in 2009.   The application is being handled by Stuart Owen, Planning Consultant and a partner at Owen Banks Planning and Development. Mr Owen told BBC Wales: "Robbie loves the area and can see the potential.   "He is not a hotelier so hopefully once we get outline consent they will look for a development partner - possibly a hotel chain but Robbie wants to stay with the concept and stay with the hotel. There are ideas that are in the air at the moment - there might be room for a soccer camp. There are all sorts of options.” He said Savage, who is a regular football pundit on BBC radio and television, had extensive contacts in the football and show business world that could help attract further investment.   Mr Owen said the proximity to the track was a big factor in choosing the site but added: "You can't operate a hotel on the basis of 26 race days a year. They are also looking at the tourism element and the proximity to Pembrey Country Park."   Carmarthenshire council leader Meryl Gravell said the hotel could create up to 30 jobs in the county.