Early backing for new bar proposal
PLANS for a swanky new hotel in one of the town's most iconic squares have met with initial approval from residents.
Pub owner the Lucky Onion Company wants to convert the Grade II-listed building at 129-131 the Promenade into a bar and restaurant with "boutique" accommodation.
The impressive Georgian building, which overlooks Imperial Gardens, has been empty for the last seven years.
People living in the square said they had no initial objections to the scheme.
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David Stennett, chairman of the Friends of Imperial Square and Gardens, said: "My initial reaction is that these plans seem to fit the bill. We want to see these buildings being used.
"Obviously we would be concerned if there were moves to open until 3am and so forth.
"But in principle it sounds like a good idea which could liven up the area."
If the scheme is approved, it could bring 50 full and part-time jobs to the town. The bar would be called Crazy Eights – after a Georgian card game – in a nod to the building's architectural heritage.
The Lucky Onion Company already owns The Tavern, in Royal Well Place, and the Wheatsheaf, in Northleach.
Borough council planners will make a decision on plans to change the building's use from offices to hotel and restaurant by November 12.