According to yesterday's EADT the new owners of Shire Hall are having difficulty letting the office space, and so have applied for planning permission to turn "part" of it (though I can find no reference in the application to which part - can you?) into a hotel. Apparently Travelodge have proposed a scheme for an 80 room establishment and other hoteliers have made enquiries.
My soundings so far among residents show an early split between those who would welcome a hotel as preferable to flats or office space and those who dread the comings and goings at all hours down the relative overnight quiet of Southgate Street.
What do YOU think?