THE owners of a Whitchurch bed and breakfast have revealed ambitious plans to change the use of the building into a hotel with a rooftop bar.

The Railway Spice in Talbot Street, Whitchurch, closed during the summer this year, and its owner Sait Bayal has now lodged a planning application aimed at converting it.

The application classes the building as a B&B, although it has also recently been used as an Indian restaurant.

In the application he explains that he wants to transform a valeting building into a three-room hotel and conference venue.

The application intends to: “Convert bed and breakfast building to a hotel with a restaurant and a bar and change of use and conversion of valeting building to a conference room and additional hotel bedrooms.”


The project does involve the loss of nine existing rooms due to the change of use and potential demolition.

But the overall total number of rooms in the envisioned design is set to rise to 16.

The work could also lead to additional jobs at the site.

The application reveals that Mr Bayal intends to boost his workforce from the current number of three full-time employees to 10, with the number of part-time workers reducing from five to four.