Dickensian Great White Horse to have new life as Ipswich business centre
PUBLISHED: 13:47 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:47 31 May 2017
A bid to turn the Great White Horse Hotel in the heart of Ipswich into a business centre has gained unanimous backing.
Members of the borough council’s planning and development committee welcomed the application which will turn the bedrooms of the old coaching inn into a business centre.
The ground floor has already been converted into a Cotswold store and a Starbucks coffee shop. Starbucks will convert the former Trafalgar Room above its existing site into an extension of the coffee shop.
A 20th century extension to the hotel in the courtyard off Northgate Street will be converted into six one-bedroomed flats.
Conservative councillor John Carnall said he was delighted one of the best-known buildings in Ipswich would have a new lease of life – the hotel shut in 2008.
He was backed by portfolio holder for planning Carole Jones who hoped work on the restoration would start soon.
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