A hotel in Exeter, which is said to have been ‘suffering greatly’ in recent years, is to undergo a major redevelopment in a bid to bring back business.
A planning application has been submitted to councillors to transform Gipsy Hill Hotel, which dates back to 1895, with the addition of nine self-catering apartments and four new hotel bedrooms.
The scheme would also see part of the main building demolished.
Gipsy Hill Hotel is currently home to 37 bedrooms and one main dining restaurant.
According to a planning statement, the family run hotel has suffered greatly after the closure of Pinn Lane to its north.
It adds: “The closure of Pinn Lane has significantly affected the sales of conference guests. Guests have found difficulty finding the hotel, which ultimately leads to a reduction in business.
“Agents are reluctant to keep on using the hotel, if the end of a conference, feedback forms mention how difficult it was finding the hotel.
“In order to replace the loss of business caused by the closure of Pinn Lane this application proposes to increase the accommodation.”
The planning statement adds: “The new development and refurbishments will also, and very importantly, protect the future viability of the hotel. And further stabilise the job security for the local employees.
“The hotel will also be in a stronger position to be able to continue to offer facilities for the local community, businesses, and tourists.”
The plans are expected to go before city planners in the coming months.