Developer seeks hotel operator for historic Hartlepool building

CLEAR OUT: Workmen have been tidying up the inside of The Wesley Chapel while the owners look for a hotel operator
CLEAR OUT: Workmen have been tidying up the inside of The Wesley Chapel while the owners look for a hotel operator

DEVELOPERS are working to find a hotel operator for Hartlepool’s historic Wesley Chapel.

The former Methodist church and later nightclub in the town centre has been derelict for a number of years.

We have planning consent for a hotel and we intend to proceed with that.

Stuart Monk, Jomast

Stockton-based developer Jomast has permission to convert the building into a hotel and restaurant.

Workmen have been seen over the last couple of weeks clearing out the building and filling skips.

Jomast has planning permission to convert the derelict Wesley chapel in Hartlepool town centre into a hotel and restaurant.

Stuart Monk, managing director of Jomast, told the Mail: “We are just doing some preparatory work.

“We have planning consent for a hotel and we intend to proceed with that.

“We are currently trying to secure an operator.”

Jomast’s original plans for a 36-bedroom hotel were approved by Hartlepool Borough Council in December 2009, but the permission expired in December 2012.

It led to fresh plans being submitted and approved, which increased the number of bedrooms to 49 and made other modifications.

Last October, The Victorian Society named The Wesley as one of the top 10 buildings in the country it wanted to see action on.