A former gentleman’s spa in Nottingham that offered therapies will be transformed into a hotel.
Mr B Tiwana’s plans, to change the use of the now vacant Wolf Spa building in Kilbourn Street into an air hotel, have been given the go-ahead by Nottingham City Council.
Wolf Spa, which initially opened early 2018, offered services including massages, sauna rooms, waxing, manscaping, body hair trimming, body scrubs, body polishing and other therapies.
It had previously been home to the Reflections Health Club.
According to the applicant “a demand has been identified at this location” for an air hotel.
“An air hotel in simple terms is a hotel, but unlike a traditional hotel it does not have permanent full-time staff present on site,” documents say.
“There are no cooking, catering or restaurant facilities within the building.
“This is not required as there is an abundance of cafés, bars and restaurants
within the immediate vicinity of the city centre.
“The hotel does however have service staff which provide day-to-day cleaning and laundry services along with the general maintenance and management for the hotel by a separate outside company provided by the applicant.”
The air hotel will be located just off the A60 Huntingdon Street.
It will have eight rooms and access would be granted via a code generated for the visitor.
Nearby residents had raised concerns.
One objecting neighbour said: “Understanding that it would be a no-staff place, and entry by card payment, I am absolutely not happy with this as it will lead to nothing but trouble.”
Another objecting neighbour said: “There will be no staff, so will be a lot of trouble.”
However in determining the decision the council’s planning department said: “The issues of potential anti-social behaviour raised in the neighbours’ comments are noted.
“However, the low number of rooms involved and level of activity that would otherwise occur if the property was to be converted to flats, as previously approved, or an HMO use would potentially be greater.
“Daily servicing is indicated in the applicant’s statement, along with general maintenance are also expected to involve some degree of monitoring.”