An empty building in the centre of Stafford could be turned into a hotel.
Plans have been submitted by Ibis for a new 120-bedroom hotel on the vacant premises on Hunter’s Row at the north of the town centre.
The proposals are now being examined by planners and people will be able to comment on the application before a decision is made.
Part of the planning application to the Borough Council states the hotel would provide local jobs, help improve the night-time economy and increase tourism.
It says the application ‘makes beneficial use of largely redundant retail space. Redeveloping existing buildings that have outlasted their previous use.’
Head of Development at the authority, Karen Tierney, said the move was further evidence in the confidence investors had in the county town.
She said: “There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes selling the opportunities our borough offers to major businesses - not only in this country but around the world.
“The feedback we get from investors is that the borough is an attractive place to invest, our council and partners help make it easy for businesses to locate or relocate to the area, our connectivity to the rest of the country is good, and they can see the substantial growth already taking place.”