Royal William Yard hotel plan backed by Plymouth councillors

Royal William Yard The development of the "magnificent" Melville building will take at least 18 months

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Plans to turn part of a former Royal Navy supplies yard into a luxury 60-bed hotel have been approved.

The clock tower building at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth will be developed by Urban Splash and the Watergate Bay Hotel.

The multimillion-pound "urban boutique hotel" in the Grade I-listed Melville building could open in early 2016,

Will Ashworth, Watergate Bay Hotel's managing director, said he was "thrilled" permission had been granted.

"Plymouth is an up and coming city and we hope this will have a very positive impact on business travellers, leisure users and local people," he told BBC News.

'Absolutely thrilling'

The Royal Navy's victualling yard was closed in 1992 and parts of it have already been converted into flats and restaurants.

Mr Ashworth said he first realised the potential of the "magnificent" Melville building about three-and-a-half years ago.

"We've been talking on and off since then, so to get to this stage and get unanimous approval is absolutely thrilling," he said.

He said the next step would be to begin detailed design work, which would include "robust solutions to transport".

"We must deliver parking before work can begin on the hotel and we're happy to do that," he said.

The hotel will include a two restaurants, a cocktail bar, members club, swimming pool, events space for leisure and business use and a roof terrace.

"The work will take 18 months at the very least because this is a very significant Grade I-listed building, but I'm confident it will be magnificent," Mr Ashworth added.

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