The owner of Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool is hoping his plans for a bedroom extension at the property will get the go ahead from councillors.
David Brewitt, who opened the hotel in 2003, is bidding to add another 12 bedrooms and 12 aparthotel suites to the hotel, by adding extensions to the 1931 wings of the former Blind School, which he also owns.
The plans will be put to a committee next week and are expected to be approved, however one local society is objecting to the scheme, on the grounds that the proposal ‘would cause substantial and unjustified harm to the significance of the designated heritage asset’.
Planning officers have welcomed the plan, saying it would bring the empty parts of the Blind School back to life.
As part of the project, Brewitt also wants to add a rooftop extension, which could be a big as four storeys, on top of the building on the corner of Hope Street and Hardman Streets.
There would also be an new “infill wing” in the inner courtyard behind the hotel, allowing more of the old buildings to be brought back into use.
Hope Street Hotel first launched in 2003, but then from 2007 to 2009 was rebuilt and extended into the former police station building next door.
In 2011, Brewitt bought the Blind School complex and has already renovated parts of it, partnering with The Old Blind School restaurant ant the Buyers Club restaurant and music venue to make use of the space.