Approval given for White Swan Hotel plan

The White Swan Hotel on the corner of Coppergate and Piccadilly in York

The White Swan Hotel on the corner of Coppergate and Piccadilly in York

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

A LANDMARK former hotel in York is to be transformed – and a new £1.3 million restaurant which will lead to 75 new jobs is also due to open in the city.

Councillors approved plans to create 14 apartments on the upper floors of the historic White Swan Hotel on the corner of Coppergate and Piccadilly.

Units on the building’s ground floor could house new shops.

The plans for the site, which has been mostly empty for the last 30 years, were put forward by the Graham Family Trust after the mock-Tudor building’s condition deteriorated.

Options to bring it back into use as a hotel, turn it into office space or demolish and rebuild it were discounted.

Councillors also approved proposals for a restaurant and bar in a 161-year-old building in Little Stonegate which was once a Methodist chapel and printworks before forming part of the Borders bookstore site.

It has since been bought by Leeds-based ARC Inspirations LLP, which hopes to start work on the Banyan restaurant – similar to the chain’s other outlets in Yorkshire, including one in Harrogate – early next year.

Opponents of the plans said the building should be retained for retail use. Karen Waugh, owner of nearby Kennedy’s Café Bar, objected to the scheme and told the planning meeting that the number of bars and eating-out businesses in the Stonegate area was “already at saturation point”.

The White Swan plans were voted through unanimously. Committee chairman Coun Brian Watson said: “This is long overdue and will hopefully breathe new life into that part of the city.”

Richard Lockey, of KPP Architects, which designed the Little Stonegate proposals, told the meeting that the listed former chapel and printworks site had been marketed for retail use since Borders closed, with no interest.

He said: “Our scheme will see £1.3 million spent on bringing a new-style café bar to York, creating 75 new jobs.

“It will follow the same standards of design and operation as other establishments in Yorkshire.”

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8:50am Fri 7 Dec 12

GooseTrackLane says...

Please see below for complaints about:
Stag & Hen Parties
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Pedalling Paul
Please see below for complaints about: Stag & Hen Parties Cycle Lanes Too many pubs High street chains Rubbish Traffic Pedalling Paul GooseTrackLane
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8:58am Fri 7 Dec 12

pedalling paul says...

I'll have to try and work that one out later......
I'll have to try and work that one out later...... pedalling paul
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9:08am Fri 7 Dec 12

capt spaulding says...

Whats to work out ?
Your on the list.
Whats to work out ? Your on the list. capt spaulding
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9:22am Fri 7 Dec 12

Havingamoan says...

This building has not been empty for 30 years !! I worked in the Hotel, bar, restaurant and take away. They must be planning a massive extension, to fit 14 apartments on the upper floors !
This building has not been empty for 30 years !! I worked in the Hotel, bar, restaurant and take away. They must be planning a massive extension, to fit 14 apartments on the upper floors ! Havingamoan
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9:48am Fri 7 Dec 12

Brabus says...

It'll never happen - it's destined to become one of Yorks white elephants until it falls down
It'll never happen - it's destined to become one of Yorks white elephants until it falls down Brabus
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10:13am Fri 7 Dec 12

citydweller says...

Brabus says...
9:48am Fri 7 Dec 12
It'll never happen - it's destined to become one of Yorks white elephants until it falls down

Along with most of the other buildings in Yorks most embarrassing street (Piccadilly) e.g. empty Ryedale Building, empty tram depot and a couple of old buildings now acting as car parks.
Brabus says... 9:48am Fri 7 Dec 12 It'll never happen - it's destined to become one of Yorks white elephants until it falls down Along with most of the other buildings in Yorks most embarrassing street (Piccadilly) e.g. empty Ryedale Building, empty tram depot and a couple of old buildings now acting as car parks. citydweller
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12:15pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I think they should make it into a public lavatory. Hasn't anyone ever thought that the area needs one?
I think they should make it into a public lavatory. Hasn't anyone ever thought that the area needs one? Ignatius Lumpopo
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12:03pm Mon 10 Dec 12

ChilliPepper87 says...

I don't understand why they are planning yet another food establishment. Why not a Primark? I'm sorry if that sounds cheap, but it will bring even more trade to the city.

Or a museum, or ANYTHING ELSE?? Do people really take into consideration the answers to the questions that they make? And the lady from Kennedys is absolutely right, people are struggling anyway.

It's just become a game of luck to make it, it's not down to choice or hard work anymore.
I don't understand why they are planning yet another food establishment. Why not a Primark? I'm sorry if that sounds cheap, but it will bring even more trade to the city. Or a museum, or ANYTHING ELSE?? Do people really take into consideration the answers to the questions that they make? And the lady from Kennedys is absolutely right, people are struggling anyway. It's just become a game of luck to make it, it's not down to choice or hard work anymore. ChilliPepper87
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