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Plymouth hotel plan at Royal William Yard

Royal William Yard
Image caption Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans, right, with Will Ashworth, said the hotel "fits" with the city's plans for growth

Part of a former Royal Navy supplies yard in Plymouth is set to become a 60-bed hotel.

Developer Urban Splash and the Watergate Bay Hotel in north Cornwall have agreed a lease on the clock tower building at the Royal William Yard.

They hope work on the "urban boutique hotel" in the Melville building will start next spring.

The Grade 1 victualling yard was closed in 1992 and parts have already been converted into flats and restaurants.

Will Ashworth, Watergate Bay Hotel's managing director, said: "When we first arrived at Royal William Yard and saw the potential of the Melville building, I immediately knew we could create something really exciting."

Nathan Cornish from Urban Splash said: "It has long been our intention to bring a quality hotel operator to the Yard and this announcement is a big step in making this a reality."

The next step is to get planning permission.

Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, said: "This fits in with our plans for growth, particularly in the tourism and visitor sector."

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