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Plans for Keighley's Victoria Hotel site welcomed
5:59pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
Plans to transform Keighley's Victoria Hotel into shops and flats have been welcomed by local politicians and regeneration bosses.
But the potential boost for town centre trade is tempered by disappointment that Keighley will lose much-needed hotel space.
The hope is that new upmarket shops will attract more shoppers to Cavendish Street while extra residents will also spend money in the locality.
Plans for the Victoria Hotel were revealed this week by Harendra Patel, one of the directors of the company which owns the Victorian building.
Cavendish Keighley Properties Ltd, based in Leicester, bought the Victoria Hotel in January, but it has been empty since the business closed in March.
Mr Patel said: “We’ve submitted a feasibility study to the council to see if the property can be developed to build flats upstairs and four shops downstairs, leaving the front as it is where practical.
“As this is an iconic building we’ve also contacted the council to see if a loan for bringing properties back into use is available.
“If Keighley councillors, together with Bradford district council or any housing association, wish to take part in a joint venture with us we are open to talks.”
Coun Khadim Hussain, the Lord Mayor of Bradford and a councillor representing Keighley Central ward, said it was sad that such a traditional old hotel was going out of use.
He said: "If the building is used properly and increases footfall in the town centre that's a good thing, but we already have quite a number of empty shops."
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