Plans to transform Preston’s former post office into a luxury hotel have been given the stamp of approval.
An application to convert the building into a 60-bedroom hotel with a restaurant, bar and spa was considered by Preston Council’s planning committee.
Councillors unanimously gave the green light to the proposals, which include the addition of a two-storey flat-roofed extension on the Birley Street side, to accommodate extra bedrooms and a wedding and function suite.
The Twentieth Century Society objected to the proposed extension, saying it would have a “harmful impact” on the exterior of the Grade II listed building, and that it would be “overly-dominant in views along the two side streets”.
But officers recommended the plans for approval, and committee chairman Coun Brian Rollo said: “This will bring an important building back into use.
“The Twentieth Century Society objection I dismiss, it’s only going to be visible to council staff in the back of the building.
“It’s a really good use and therefore I’m going to support it.”