Plans to demolish the old Carpetright store at the junction of Foss Islands Road and Layerthorpe and build a hotel in its place have been approved.
A new 188-room Premier Inn with a restaurant and bar will be built on the site – with the developer saying there is demand for more hotel rooms in the city.
The Premier Inn on Blossom Street is generally 98 percent full, the planning committee has learned.
Chris Argent, speaking on behalf of the hotelier, said the site will create 55 jobs in the city.
He added: “I think the application site is a great regeneration opportunity.
“It is currently a poor quality 1980s building. The design of the hotel really responds to the surrounding area, it is not a standard hotel building.
“The proposal will provide additional hotel beds in line with the council’s tourism strategy.”
He said the team had met with the council and Historic England on several occasions before submitting the request.
Cllr James Barker asked if the planned 43 parking spaces would be sufficient for a hotel with 188 rooms.
Planning agents said guests will be encouraged to arrive by public transportation, but there are also three nearby parking lots offering overnight parking. Guests will access the hotel car park from an entrance overlooking Layerthorpe.
Advisors said the three to four story hotel would be an improvement over the vacant building that currently sits on the site.
York Civic Trust criticized the hotel’s design and wrote “a more thoughtful building design and aspiration is needed if York is not to repeat the failures of the last wave of redevelopment in the Foss Islands region in years. 1980/90 “.
The project was unanimously approved at a meeting Thursday evening.