York store set to be demolished to make way for 188-room hotel

How the hotel would look. Image: planning documents

Another large hotel is planned for York city centre.

The former Carpetright store on Layerthorpe could be demolished – and a huge Premier Inn built in its place.

A statement says the brand’s hotel on Blossom Street is almost full most of the time.

Premier Inn’s hotels are currently open to key workers only – but customers can book rooms from July 4 onwards.

A planning application has been submitted to City of York Council for a “bespoke development”on the Layerthorpe site – which is almost an acre in size.

The four-storey building would also have parking for 43 cars, including four disabled bays, a drop-off space, six electric car charging bays and 20 cycle spaces.

Create jobs

Yet more hotel rooms…

A statement says: “Tourism is highly important and contributes to the city’s culture and economy.

“It is estimated York has over 6.9 million visitors per year spending more than £564 million each year and of those visitors 22 per cent stayed overnight spending approximately £399 million. 75 per cent of visitors come for leisure and 25 per cent for business.

“The emerging local plan regarding tourism states the need to build a strong, diverse economy including improving the choice and quality of visitor accommodation.”

The former Carpetright store on Foss Islands Road. Photograph © Google Street View

The hotel would create permanent jobs, according to the application, and offer apprenticeships, training and development programmes to staff.

It says: “The growth of new and future developments has seen a rise in student and residential accommodation in the area surrounding the site, along with hotels to keep up with the growing tourism demand.

“The scheme will increase choice for visitors and complement the many excellent hotels, already established in the area.”

7 thoughts on “York store set to be demolished to make way for 188-room hotel

  1. No more hotels please. Let’s not destroy the appeal of the city by packing it with even more tourists. Look at the bad experiences of other tourist cities and stop before it is too late.

  2. How will guests get to it when the clowncel have shut all the roads and created gridlock?

  3. Another nail in the coffin for the good old British B & B. York has some of the finest independent guesthouses in the country, give me one of those any day over a faceless chain with no identity. Their staff aren’t going to remember your name when you visit.

  4. Yet another AutoCAD designed building! What’s wrong with visually stimulating facades that the city can be proud of?

    1. Spot on. These building designs are so incredibly anonymous – and could be anywhere. That’s a prime location on that corner and CarpetRight was an abomination of a building. Something half-decent there, PLEASE…

  5. I think it will make the area look more up to date but if we keep on building hotels no one will have anywhere to go other than another hotel.

    1. York doesn’t need more hotels! They always say they’ll offer permanent jobs, but that’s usually only for senior level positions, the rest of the staff will be more zero hours… Sorry “fully flexible” contracts designed to cater to employing University students.

      It will NOT improve employment in York.
      It will NOT improve the city or its attraction.
      But it WILL line the pockets of those who sell the building, grant building permission, and watch more possible COVID-19 carriers come to a city that has thankfully dealt with the virus very successfully! Thanks to the hard working staff at YDH.

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