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Objections to hotel near Oxford's St George's Tower

St George's Tower Image copyright David P Howard
Image caption St George's Tower is one of Oxford's oldest buildings, dating from the 11th century

Conservationists fear a new hotel recommended for approval will harm views of a Saxon tower in Oxford.

Dominvs Group has submitted plans for a 140-room establishment on Paradise Street, near St George's Tower.

Oxford Preservation Trust said the hotel is too large and would harm the area's character.

But a planning officer report said conditions imposed on the application would preserve the tower.

The Grade I Listed St George's Tower is part of the Oxford Castle complex and one of the city's oldest buildings, dating from the 11th century.

The Oxford Civic Society and a number of residents objected, but Historic England withdrew concerns when it described the plans as a "a great improvement on previous proposals."

The scheme will be discussed by an Oxford City Council planning committee later.

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