The former Quality Hotel on Penn Road, Wolverhampton. Photo: Google Street View
The former Quality Hotel on Penn Road, Wolverhampton. Photo: Google Street View

Approval to demolish the historic former Goldthorn Hotel on Penn Road has been granted by city planners.

However, the final decision to demolish the building has caused sadness in the community.

Known as the Quality Hotel in recent years, in its heyday the venue was a popular choice for private parties and dinner theatre shows – and believed to be a favourite of showbiz stars including Bob Monkhouse and Diana Dors.

Councillor John Reynolds, whose Graiseley ward the hotel is located in, said: “This is a sad loss of another historic building. It was a local landmark and will be missed. The local community campaigned against it [the store plans] because of concerns about extra traffic congestion, pollution, noise and the loss of trees.

“The council must monitor the situation closely to ensure local residents do not suffer from this development. I am not sure how many supermarkets we actually need.”

Councillor Paul Birch, who represents neighbouring Blakenhall and lives near the site, added: “As much as I like Lidl, there is another one just a mile and-a-half away at Finchfield, and it’s not as if our community really needs more food retailers. Within a mile are two Aldi, two Tesco, two Sainsbury’s, an Iceland, two Co-ops and a plethora of independent stores on the Dudley Road and in the town centre.

“What we are short of are hotels. At the moment we only have two four-star hotels, and with the Civic Hall coming back to the city and the potential for visitor numbers to increase, we need to create conferencing, world-class restaurants, enhance the night-time economy, and give both business and leisure travellers the options of staying in the city.

“Regrettably, planning is a misnomer, as the

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