Derelict Hertfordshire building could become boutique hotel

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The derelict Banyers Hotel in Royston, Hertfordshire could be upgraded and reopen as a boutique hotel with gastro dining next year, according to a report in Cambridge News.  

Cambridgeshire developer Beechdale Homes has submitted plans to turn the 100-year-old hotel in Melbourn Street into a "high-end" establishment.

The Grade II listed hotel closed in December 2012 following a dispute between former owner Tony Reach and council planners over noise complaints surrounding a marquee in the hotel’s grounds.

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Beechdale Homes managing director Martin Jackson told the publication: “The plans submitted to the council have taken on board many considerations from important local employers Johnson Matthey, the Local Chamber of Commerce and with potential end users such as wedding planners.

Jackson said he hoped to reopen the hotel in spring 2015, depending on planning permission being granted.  

The application, submitted to North Herts District Council, asks for an for an extension to the building and internal alterations.

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