PLANS for a new hotel near a landmark building in Southampton have been unveiled.

A four-storey 101-bedroom hotel could be built in the Compass House  carpark in Romsey Road.

It comes a month after it was revealed Compass House, once home of Britain’s legendary mapmakers Ordnance Survey, will be turned into more than 260 flats. Shops, restaurants, offices and a surgery could also be created at the site.

Now BMR Compass has submitted plans to Southampton City Council for a new hotel which is expected to create more than 30 new jobs.

The proposal is for a budget hotel but the name of the operator has not been revealed yet.

However, Premier Inn said it was not their application and Travelodge was unable to confirm whether the company intends to open a new hotel at the site.

According to the plans, the ground floor of the building will have a restaurant, bar and café.

Access to the site will be off Romsey Road using Mercator Close and will serve the 33 parking spaces that are set to be provided.

The main pedestrian and cyclist access will be from Mercator Close along new footpaths and access will also be possible directly from Romsey Road.

According to an official document, residents raised concerns over the impact the new hotel would have on traffic and parking.

But developers hit back saying the proposed number of parking spaces is appropriate.

Developers also said a study demonstrated there is an unmet need for a hotel in the western suburbs of Southampton.

The plans were welcomed by GO Southampton, the city’s Business Improvement District (BID).

Chief executive, Giles Semper, said:”Any initiative that adds to the city’s offering for tourists is good news for the economy. The plans have the potential to bring jobs and increased spend to the city. They also show hoteliers are confident in the city as a destination.”

Ordnance Survey has been based in the Southampton area since 1841. The agency moved from Maybush to its new purpose-built Adanac Park site at the turn of the decade.

Plans to turn Compass House into 16 studio flats, 212 one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom apartments and to create 225 parking spaces were never discussed by councillors as they did not require permission. But last month civic chiefs backed plans for an additional floor which will provide 19 new flats and 27 parking spaces.