The manager of one of Leamington’s best known hotels could be made to fork out thousands of pounds to have its paintwork restored to its former colour.
Ben Ibrahim, who took over as manager of the Lansdowne Hotel in Clarendon Street last year, has spent more than £10,000 having the building refurbished.
But part of the project included changing the exterior paintwork from green to ‘ sand stone yellow’ which would require planning permission because the hotel is in a conservation area.
Mr Ibrahim, 32, has been told by Warwick District Council’s planning department that he must make a retrospective application for the work and if permission is not granted by a committee he could be forced to spend £2.500 to repaint the building.
He said: “It was a mistake but the work is no small thing and it’s not as if I’m trying to hide it I just didn’t know I needed to do it.
“I admit I was wrong to not have made the application but it seems silly to me.
“I’ve proved I can be a success with this hotel but I feel this could stop me.”
Mr Ibrahim is now hoping to gain support for his application to boost the chances of it being accepted.
He said businesses in the area are happy with the new colour and the reaction of customers and neighbours has been positive.
He said: “It is an absolutely massive improvement and we have had no criticism about it whatsoever.
“More buildings in the town should be painted like this
“The Lansdowne Hotel would now look great on a postcard for the town.”
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