Historic Leeds building set for boutique hotel conversion

UK: New plans have been revealed for the redevelopment of a historic Leeds property.

The building previously had planning consent for an apartment scheme but this is set to be replaced by a new boutique hotel. Developer Hallborough Properties is set to present its new pre-application proposals for 17 Wellington Street and 49 Aire Street to Leeds City Council this week.

In April 2017, the council granted consent for the redevelopment of Wellington Street with a restaurant and café at ground and first floor, and eight apartments above. An extension incorporating a further 14 apartments, would have been created by the demolition of 49 Aire Street to the rear of 17 Wellington Street.

The new proposals cover the use of the listed building and the extension as a boutique hotel, replacing the residential use. The proposed restaurant and café remain. The level of demolition would be reduced from the previous application, with the retention of the west wing of the building now planned.

An enlarged basement area would be created to house a staff room, restaurant toilets, a kitchen area, a bin store and service lift. The detailed stone doorway of the West Wing would become an entrance to the restaurant.

The new proposals will be presented to the council’s City Plans Panel on Thursday. Members will be asked to consider whether they support the new use, the proposed demolition works and design of the new elements, and whether to allow the applicant to be determined under officer delegated powers.

A report to be considered at the meeting said: “Officers consider that the proposed uses as a hotel with ground floor restaurant are appropriate city centre uses that would bring vibrancy and vitality to the host listed building, wider street scene and this part of the City Centre Conservation Area. The uses would add positively to both the day time and evening economies of the city centre.”

Originally a warehouse dating back to the 1800s, 17 Wellington Street is situated directly adjacent to the vacant plot earmarked for the proposed City Square House development and close to Princes Exchange.

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