Plans to turn a Liverpool city centre shopping arcade into a hotel are set to go before councillors for the third time in as many years.

The historic Gostings Building, on Hanover Street, has been the subject of a series of plans to transform the building and extend it upwards by a number of floors.

The most recent application, submitted by new owner Fattal Properties, would see the building extended by two floors and turned into a 207 bedroom hotel with a bar and restaurant.

According to planning documents, another application to convert it to a hotel considered last year received no decision after a viability report for the project was requested.

An application from 2018 for a conversion received permission but a legal agreement to confirm permission was never signed. Both of those applications happened under prior owners.

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Previous tenants of the building, which included a shopping arcade on its lower floors, spoke of their shock about the hotel plans after the building was sold to then owners Hanover Holdings back in 2017.

A report to the planning committee confirmed that the building is currently empty.

The report said: "Gostins originally opened as a period furniture store and warehouse more than 20 years ago. Up until mid-2018, the ground floor consisted of two retail tenancies, positioned either side of the building's main entrance.

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"The first floor consisted of small independent retail units, with high numbers of vacant units. The remaining upper floors contained office suites of varying sizes, again with a high vacancy level and a high turnover of short term lets.

"The building was vacated pending redevelopment and has now been empty for a couple of years. It has recently been bought by the current applicant."

The new application will be considered by Liverpool Council's planning committee next Wednesday.