New 190-bed hotel for Bath . . . but with a few reservations
An operator has now emerged for a new hotel in Bath city centre.
Planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of Green Park House into a 190-room hotel two years ago.
The identity of the operator is not known but planning consultancy Scott Brownrigg has just submitted new plans to change the fine detail of the scheme for the derelict property in Green Park Road, which was once a care home.
The planning consultants say "the hotel operator has specific brand standards and the incorporation of these has resulted in a number of non-material changes to the hotel scheme".
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Scott Brownrigg said it could not reveal the name of the Green Park operator.
The planned hotel is one of four within a few hundred yards of each other in that part of the city centre.
Developer Telereal Trillium is still looking for an operator for its proposed 177-room hotel at Kingsmead House in James Street West, while construction work is under way for a 108-room Premier Inn further along that street, replacing an old carpet warehouse which has just been demolished.
Work has also restarted on developing a luxury spa hotel in the old Gainsborough Building in Lower Borough Walls.
Less than a mile away, Travelodge is appealing against the rejection of plans for a 98-room hotel at Brougham Hayes, off Lower Bristol Road.
Bath Independent Guest House Association chairman Colin Potter said his group, which had been vehemently opposed to the Kingsmead House, Green Park House and Premier Inn plans, now conceded there was little it could do to halt such new hotel developments.
He said independent guest houses were now focused on highlighting the differences between them and chain hotels.
"We are concentrating on differentiating ourselves and we accept there's nothing we can do about those that have been given the green light."