PLANS have been revealed to build a new five-storey hotel in the heart of Southampton.

Proposals to demolish a former NatWest building in the city centre and replace it with a “landmark” hotel have been submitted to Southampton City Council.

A five-storey hotel building has been proposed for the site, consisting of 97 bedrooms, a reception, lounge and café bar and a gym on the lower ground floor.

The plans state that should the application be approved, 12 High Street would be knocked down while 13 and 14 High Street would be partially demolished.

The existing stores at the site, No Limits and Coral, would be retained but revamped with new exteriors.

Bargate councillor Sarah Bogle said: “I’ve had a look at the proposal and will be going back to the planning team to ask some further questions as well.

“I am not clear what type of hotel operator is envisaged for this site and what arrangements will be in place for those who arrive by car.

“Clearly it’s a site that needs some redevelopment and may well welcome additional footfall to this area.

“I am also interested in ensuring this enhances the area which has significant heritage interest and lies in a conservation area and note the conditions recommended by the Conservation Officer.

“The design may need further work.”

According to the planning application, plans have been submitted by Murry Anderson of Stelling Properties and the agent is company Luken Beck

In the planning statement prepared by Luken Beck it said the site lies in a “highly sustainable” location which is close to public services.

The statement adds that because of this a “zero-parking development” has been proposed due to its location.

The plans also explain that the design of the proposed building “ reinforces the historic urban grain and rhythm” of the surrounding area but will retain a contemporary style.