Premier Inn has been given the go-ahead to build a 104-bedroom hotel and public square in Northampton’s cultural quarter.
The hotel chain first revealed plans for the development in Albion Place, close to the Royal & Derngate Theatre, in 2011.
And the scheme was approved by councillors at a meeting of Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.
The plans will see a number of vacant office buildings in the Albion Place car park demolished.
The hotel will sit next to the new student flats, which are being built on the former St John’s open air car park.
Philip Duckworth, the architect for Premier Inn, said the hotel would be a “unique and sustainable” development, with “careful consideration for the surrounding environment”.
He added: “It will improve safety and security in the area and discourage anti-social behaviour. “The creation of about 60 new jobs and an influx of visitors to this area should provide a short, medium and long-term economic stimulus.”
Councillor Nazim Choudary (Lab, St David’s) said: “I think it’s a good project. Wwe need more hotels in the town.”
The creation of the hotel and new student flats will lead to the loss of 255 parking spaces, but the borough council has claimed the town currently has 1,792 more spaces than are used at the busiest times of the year .