The building lay on a main bus route just outside the city centre boundary in a location where the local plan permitted hotel development with good public transport access to the city centre and the proposal was acceptable in principle.
Assessing the scheme against other relevant policies and matters, the reporter concluded that a hotel was an appropriate re-use of under-occupied and difficult-to-let offices, bringing employment and investment, and did not conflict with employment policy. He judged the design and scale of extensions and alterations to the facades and fenestration would be in keeping with the modernist building and adjacent world heritage site and conservation areas. Conditions could satisfactorily protect the amenity of nearby residents and the council’s car parking and cycle parking requirements were met. The reporter agreed with the council that a financial contribution towards the city tram line was necessary mitigation of any effects on infrastructure and would comply with policy.
Reporter: Andrew Fleming; Written representations