PLANS for a 155-bedroom hotel in York city centre have been resubmitted as a new operator is found for the scheme.

York is to get a second Hampton by Hilton under the plans submitted to City of York Council, which seek permission for a six-storey hotel in Piccadilly.

The hotel, which will back onto the River Foss, is to be built on a site currently occupied by a 60-space car park building dating back to the 1950’s as well as a motorcycle accessories store, both of which will be demolished under the proposals.

The plans, which also feature a residential block of eight apartments, have been submitted by Avantis Piccadilly, part of the Avantis Hotel Group, which also owns and operates the Hampton By Hilton hotel in Toft Green, and will operate the Piccadilly hotel under the same brand.

Similar plans had already received approval from council planners when York-based developer Northminster was granted permission for a 133-bedroom hotel and block of eight apartments, to be called Piccadilly Riverside, in 2017.

However the Avantis Hotel Group has since added the site to its portfolio.

A number of changes have been made to the previously-approved plans, including reconfigured floor levels, the connection of the hotel and residential elements above the ground floor, the layout of the apartments and the addition of a car park to the rear of the property.

A previously-approved sub-station and small terrace are no longer included.

A planning statement submitted as part of the new application said the scheme will “transform and provide a new purpose for an unattractive site which contributes to the poor quality setting along Piccadilly and the River Foss waterfront”.

Planning consultants O’Neil Associates, acting for Avantis, said: “The development will provide a vibrant new purpose for the site and help initiate regeneration of the Piccadilly area in line with Council aspirations as outlined in the Castle Gateway masterplan and the Publication Draft Local Plan now submitted to the Secretary of State.”