Plans for a hotel in Gainsborough are edging ever closer after the West Lindsey District Council planning committee approved the planning application.
The committee approved the plan to transform the former Sun Hotel site in North Street with an Edwardian style hotel which will house 52 bedrooms.
But despite it getting approved plans can still not get underway as approval is now needed from the Secretary of State to demolish a listed building.
Part of the planning application includes the demolition of 37 Market Street which is a Grade II listed building.
The planning committee does not have the power to decide its fate however the committee unanimously voted for the application to be allowed to go ahead if approval is given by the Secretary of State as they believe the business a new hotel will bring to the town would outweigh the loss of a listed building.
Town Mayor, Coun Mick Tinker, said: “There has been a long need for a hotel for businesses, leisure and tourism.“
“There are no facilities for large family groups.”
“The development of a hotel out weighs the loss of heritage.”
Amanda Holmes, head of communications at Dransfield Properties, said: “We have been quite overwhelmed by the level of support from local businesses for our plans for a new hotel in the town and having the unanimous support of the councillors at the planning meeting is a great step forward in the delivery of the development.”
“Members carefully weighed up the merits of the existing building and the wider benefits to the local economy of the new hotel and a redevelopment of the site.”
“This is a key site in Gainsborough and we have worked with our architects to deliver a well designed and attractive building which will really enhance this part of the town.”
The West Lindsey District Council development and regeneration officer, Mark Sturgess, said: “The leisure economy is deficient.”
“We recognise the need for a quality hotel in Gainsborough.
“It will bring much needed jobs to the town including roles which will be suitable and accessible for young people.”
No contractor for the hotel has been announced but it is rumoured it could become a Premier Inn.