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Plans submitted to extend Gloucester city centre hotel

Plans have been submitted to create four extra bedrooms at a Gloucester city centre hotel.

The plans would see a redundant two-story storage area at the back of the New County Hotel on Southgate Street extended with the first floor turned into bedrooms.

According to the design and access statement submitted by Clive Petch Architects, the existing building will "remain essentially unchanged by the proposed development."

The New County Inn sits on the site of the former Ram Inn. The current building dates back to the mid 19th century, although it was extensively remodelled internally in the last century.

The main building that faces Southgate Street has listed status, although the plans "involve very minor works to the fabric of the listed building."

That involves an opening from an existing stairwell through what is currently an external wall to provide access to the proposed bedrooms.

The statement said: "This is considered to be a very minor alteration which will have negligible impact on the significance of the heritage asset."

The New County Hotel currently has 39 rooms as well as function rooms a restaurant and bar.

It rose to prominence in 2009 when there were plans to turn it into a 'Private Members Club' and 'exclusive venue for people with alternative sexual lifestyles.'

Those plans were refused by Gloucester city planners.

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