Published on Monday, 20th March 2017


Another planning application has been lodged with the council for a new hotel: the second in two weeks. If approved, this latest scheme will see Travelodge build 152 bedrooms and a restaurant on a currently unused site just to the north of the former Zurich building.


The application is for a twelve storey building and the submitted images suggest the design would fit in nicely with the neighbouring reclad Zurich (since rebranded as Catherine House). 51 parking spaces would be included, partly below ground.


The area around Portsmouth and Southsea station is changing dramatically, with over 3000 student rooms in the pipeline in five high-rise buildings. Part of the rationale for allowing these developments was as a means of kick-starting the wider regeneration of the southern end of the city centre; the hope being that other types of use would appear in later phases. This hotel proposal is an example of that happening; proposals for a second hotel on the other side of Catherine House will be another if they result in a planning submission, as is expected.


Over time, we're likely to see some general residential schemes and possibly a modest amount of office space coming forward in this general area. The overall effect should be to create a busy and prosperous new community in the centre of the city.


Full details of the application are available by searching for planning application 17/00228/FUL on the council's website.


Tags: Planning, City Centre