A CHESTER hotel is hoping to add 30 new bedrooms.
The extension is proposed at Hoole Hall where a £23m refurbishment of the 18th century manor has transformed the former three star hotel.
Put forward by Hoole Hall Country Club and Spa, the application says the three storey extension would match the architectural style of an earlier 1980s extension.
It would appear as a natural extension to the hotel and would have little effect on the Green Belt due to its design and careful positioning at the rear of the hall on part of a walled garden.
Objections have been raised by the city's conservation area advisory committee which believes the extent and design of the extension will have an adverse effect on the original grade two listed family country house.
Similar views are expressed by conservation officers at the Town Hall due to the substantial amount of extension which has already taken place at Hoole Hall and the design of the scheme which they believe will further fail to protect its setting.
The hall was converted into a hotel in 1983, Chester's planning board is due to hear on Wednesday (January 7).
Since it was purchased by new owners in 2007, extensive refurbishment has been carried out to improve the quality of the accommodation and services to a standard comparable to other high quality four and five star hotels in Chester district.
The hotel at present has 105 bedrooms.
Councillors are due to hear that every effort has been made to limit the effect of the extension on the green belt through its design and careful positioning.
An assessment has revealed that quality hotel accommodation in Chester is “particular limited”.
The 1980s bedroom block “is of little architectural merit”, planning officers feel but they argue that more recent planning permissions, including reinstating the walled garden and an area of lawn, have reduced the detrimental effect.
The walled garden had remained undiscovered and neglected until recently and it reinstatement is said to be “a significant bonus”.
Recommending the application should be approved, planning offices argue the extension will not cause unacceptable harm to the special architectural or historic features of Hoole Hall and will preserve its integrity as a grade two listed building.
It is due to be considered at a meeting of the planning board at the Crowne Plaza hotel on Wednesday at 10.30am