Plans to bring Great Yarmouth’s Star Hotel back to its former glory submitted to council

Library image of the Star Hotel in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Sonya Duncan

Library image of the Star Hotel in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The future of an iconic quayside hotel is looking brighter as plans have been submitted to restore it to its former glory.

The Star Hotel in Hall Quay has been empty for over a year after, it shut suddenly just before Christmas.

The listed building was bought by father and son partnership Bossick Enterprises at the end of last year with plans to bring the hotel back to its original use, with minor repairs and upgrades to internal facilities.

Howard Bossick and son Paul bought the 40 bedroom-building and will invest £650,000 with an aim to re-open the Nelson Bar and the first floor terrace restaurant with views over the river.

MORE: Memories of nights at the Star Hotel in Great YarmouthLast December Mr Bossick said: 'We have done our market research and are very aware and who and what the competition is but we feel we can fit in and fill a niche particularly on the function side.

'From what we have seen of Great Yarmouth we like the look of the town and feel there is a lot of potential. It is an exciting project.'

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Plans submitted to Great Yarmouth borough council ask for approval to make alterations to internal layout, including new doors and redesign of first floor loos accommodate disabled toilet.

The reception counter and back of house office would also be redesigned to give a tidy and organised effect.

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The borough's planning committee have until the end of March to decide on whether or not to approve the proposals.

The hotel's former managers Sonya Ward and Emma Wright will be back at the helm once the hotel is reopened.

Under the scheme a £450,000 first phase will see the ground floor and 20 of the 40 bedrooms refurbished to a four star standard.

Phase two will see the other 20 bedrooms given a modern makeover with flat screen TVs and completely new bathrooms at a cost of £200,000.

Mr Bossick bought the hotel from Elizabeth Holdings.

Parts of the Grade II-listed building are said to date back to the 17th century.

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