New boutique hotel to open in Ilkley on site of former electronics store

A new ‘boutique’ hotel will open in Ilkley town centre after plans to convert a former shop were approved by Bradford Council.

A former electronics story is set to be turned into a boutique hotel in Ilkley

The former electronics store, 4 Cowpasture Road, was the subject of an application by Andrew Asquith, submitted this summer.

It called for the shop and its upper floors to be converted into an eight bedroom hotel in the centre of the town.

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Now the application has been approved by planning officers.

The application said: “The building has not been well maintained for a number of years and is in need of investment to prevent it falling into further disrepair.

“The front of the building will be retained and refurbished. This development will enhance and preserve the existing character of the building frontage on to Cowpasture Road. It should be noted that the alterations to the shopfront reinstates the original design.”

The plans have been altered from the original scheme – which would have seen a 10 room hotel created, with an extension to the rear of the building.

The extension has been reduced in size after concerns were raised by neighbours and Ilkley Town Council.

Approving the plans, Council planning officers said: “The proposal would bring people into the area who would in turn help to sustain the local economy and support other local shops and services.

“The proposal will bring the building back into use and will improve the appearance of the building which in turn will ensure its long term survival.”

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