Renewed bedsit bid for empty hotel

Councillors will be asked to give their verdict next week on controversial plans to turn an empty hotel in Hull into three houses with 26 bedrooms.

Thursday, 30th January 2014, 12:01 am

The owner of the Pearson Park Hotel James Calligan is seeking permission for the hotel to become houses in multiple occupation at a meeting next Wednesday.

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The application states the hotel “is at the untidy end of Pearson Park”, next to a rat-infested garden, and is too costly to continue as a hotel. An earlier application for 33 bedrooms was rejected in November as being an “over-intensive” use of the site.

At the same meeting, a separate application is being made to turn the hotel’s annexe into a house with seven bedrooms.

Both are recommended for approval, despite objections from the Avenues and Pearson Park Residents’ Association. Mr Calligan’s plans have drawn 15 letters of objection, saying there are already too many bedsits in the area and transient occupiers in “hostel-style accommodation” will be detrimental to community spirit.