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News - 4 November 2010

Brighton to get a new hotel

A new hotel is coming to central Brighton after councillors gave permission for the conversion of a long-vacant office block on Western Road on 3 November.

Mitre House in Western Road has been empty for around nine years. The building has fallen into disrepair and has become something of an eyesore.

An application by Tareem Ltd to create a 131-bedroom hotel was approved at Brighton & Hove City Council's planning committee on the afternoon of 3 November.

The 1930s building is in two blocks. The application relates to the northern block. Conversion would entail adding a fourth floor to the building.

Part of the plan will be to render the brick-clad facades and fit new metal windows. An entrance and reception area would be created by converting a shop at 150 Western Road, with a corridor leading to the hotel.

Developers behind the scheme have not yet announced which hotel would occupy the building. However it is thought to be aimed at one of the budget chains.

Chairman of the planning committee Cllr Lynda Hyde said, "This puts a long-empty building to good use, creates jobs, boosts tourism and brings welcome new life to that end of Western Road."

Planners accepted that the building was too outdated to be economically modernised for office use. They also said a hotel would generate no more car trips than would office use.


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