Conservative club could become an 80-bedroom hotel

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The old Scarborough Constitutional Club could become a hotel under new plans.

The historic building in Huntriss Row, which for many years was home to the Scarborough and Whitby Conservative Association, has been purchased by Crown Properties Ltd and could become an extension to the Premier Inn, which backs onto the building from Vernon Road.

If given the go-ahead it would see the main entrance to the hotel be in Huntriss Row, with the former entrance continuing to be used for The Carousel restaurant.

The extension, which would involve a disused warehouse being demolished to create a link between a hotel and the club, will add around 80 hotel rooms.

The planning statement adds: “The existing Premier Inn has been a great success for the company and is well thought of in the town.

It has occupancy figures often as high as 92 per cent and consistently 85 per cent.

“Whitbread’s ‘turnaway’ figures, for customers who wish to come to Scarborough but cannot be accommodated, justify a further investment of 80 bedrooms.

“Huntriss Row has had a mixed history.

“Only 11 years ago there was a scheme to give stamp duty back to those who invested in the street, because of its difficulties.

“A Premier Inn reception, opening into its centre, will bring life to the street.

“The increased footfall will be a much needed boost to all the businesses located there.

“It is likely that the siting of the reception will lead to greater investment in the street, making it one of the most desirable positions in the town.”

The plans are available on the council’s website, www.scarborough.gov.uk, for people to view and leave comments.