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News - 28 April 2007

Queens Road in line for a new hotel

The 559 sq metre Sergeant Yorke's Casino may be pulled down and replaced by a 10-storey Ibis Hotel. The Casino has been empty and gathering graffiti since 2001 when the Grosvenor opened above the ABC at the end of East Street.

Unlike the traditional Ibis Hotels in France parking will not be an integral part of the building. Instead customers will be encouraged to use public transport. This should not be a major turn-off as Brighton railway station is only a couple of metres away and the bus service to other parts of the city is good.

It was thought when the site was originally vacated it would be used for a restaurant but no takers came forward.

The proposed new hotel will have 8 storeys facing Queen's Rd and 10 at the rear of the building facing Frederick Place (there is a considerable change in level between the two streets).

An application for the hotel has already been turned down on the grounds that it proposed too many bedrooms and incorporated the use of unsuitable materials. A new application has now been submitted and will be reviewed by the planning committee next month.

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