Plans to renovate a hotel in Lancaster under its new ownership have now been given the go ahead.
Artisan Hotels acquired The Royal Kings Arms Hotel on Market Street in December 2016 and submitted a planning application to transform the property last month.
Now the project, which will see the venue’s ground floor and basement converted into a bar and restaurant, has been given the green light.
A small extension is also proposed for the rear of the building for an ancillary staff stair, while the canopy across the rear of the hotel will be extended to provide “a more welcoming and aesthetically pleasing” entrance.
A planning statement prepared on behalf of Artisan Hotels by Harrison Pitt Architects said “the impact of the proposed interventions of the character of the listed building is minimal”.
“The proposed refurbishment us designed to provide hotel and restaurant space that operates more efficiently and maintains the upkeep of an important historic building in Lancaster city centre,” it added.
The Royal Kings Arms Hotel dates back to the 17th century and was visited by Victorian novelist Charles Dickens.
It comprises 55 bedrooms.