A hotel in Glasgow has been refused planning permission after council members branded the scheme at ghastly.

Glasgow developer City Site Estates’ plans for a 20-storey hotel came unstuck after Conservative councillor David Meikle raised an objection to the design and scale of the scheme which is near Central Station.

Meikle said the Young & Gault-designed scheme was contrary to local planning policy and the application was refused after a narrow 8:6 vote by the planning committee.

The 119-room hotel, which is to be operated by Staybridge Suites, had been recommended for approval by Glasgow’s planning officers.

City Site Estates could appeal the decision to the Scottish Executive but it is thought more likely that it will work with Glasgow Council to redesign its plans.