Nearly 600 people signed a partition against the demolishment of a Victorian house to make way for Gonville Hotel in Trumpington, Cambridge.
The £7m redevelopment of the site on Gresham Road, part of a conservation area, to feature a 43-bedroom hotel and spa was rejected by Cambridge City Council’s planning committee on October 2, Cambridge News reported.
Cllr Colin Rosenstiel, who represents Market, said the proposed new building was too big and not good enough. He told the meeting: “It’s pig ugly and totally overwhelming”, the publication reported.
Cllr Kevin Blencowe, who represents Petersfield, agreed. He said: “The extension along Gresham Road and its elevation is out of keeping with nearby properties, some of which are listed, and I think this is a matter where the design of the building is not of sufficient quality to justify demolition of a cherished local building”.
But Colin Brown, the agent for the hotel, was quoted as saying that there was a need for more hotel rooms in the city centre and that the Gonville was ideally placed to provide them — adding that Gresham House could not be converted.
Councillors were unconvinced and refused the application by six votes to zero.