Council quashes Hilton’s Clarence Dock hotel plans

Hotel News - 12/04/2010

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Leeds city councillors have nixed an application by developers to build a 150-bed budget hotel being sold as integral to the area’s future. Cubic Acquisitions had said the Clarence Dock waterfront project - offices, parking and accommodation of 150-beds - would have greatly benefited the area’s economy, which otherwise faces an uncertain future.

The hotel, intended for South Accommodation Road in Hunslet, would have brought the area £20 million in investment, more jobs and increased footfall, said Tom Cook.

Speaking for the developers, Mr Cook said the project would complement the area’s existing hotels and that it had the support of local businesses, the Royal Armouries casino and the Aire Valley Leeds regeneration project.

Planning officers, however, disagreed with the viability of the project, finding it inappropriate for the area and likely to impact city-centre hotels. The height of the proposed project was considered likely to negatively affect Hunslet and Victoria Mills.

Planning officers further questioned the project’s sustainability, the risk of local flooding, and local industry’s affect on the quality of air.

The application was unanimously refused.

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