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Keighley's Victoria Hotel plans are welcomed
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.
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 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.”
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.”