Local authorities in Chester have backed plans for a 200-year-old townhouse to be converted into a hotel, despite objection raised by the applicant’s brother.
According to the Chester Chronicle, Michael Bartlett’s application to convert offices at 16 and 18 Nicholas Street into a 19-bed hotel won backing from the Cheshire West and Chester Council.
At the application committee’s meeting, the applicant’s brother, Pierre Bartlett, who is reportedly a part-owner and current occupier of number 16, voiced objections to the plan.
The publication reported that Pierre, who runs Bartletts Solicitors from the address, told the committee members: “I’m a trustee of these two buildings and many others in Chester and have spent 50 years restoring historic buildings in Chester and these buildings were restored at vast expense, I should think £1m in today’s terms, in 1990 on number 18 alone.”
“My real concern is number 16 has been one of the most important townhouses in your town for 200 years.
“You shouldn’t be altering it because you don’t need to. All these buildings, the whole row, are very well maintained as offices. We’ve got such a demand for offices now we don’t know where to put people so it’s an unnecessary alteration to the building.”
While the council also expressed concerns over 24-hour noise and the impact on the local community, the plan was passed by nine votes to two.