Hotel plans for Wesley

Wesley Chapel
Wesley Chapel

DEVELOPERS have submitted fresh plans to reopen a historic town landmark as a hotel.

Jomast is looking to convert the derelict Wesley chapel in Hartlepool town centre into a hotel and restaurant.

Aside from opening at Christmas a couple of years ago, the 19th Century chapel and former nightclub has stood empty for several years.

Plans for a 36-bedroom hotel were first approved in December 2009, but the permission is due to expire in December this year.

Now Jomast, a Stockton-based developer, has submitted fresh plans to Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning department.

They are looking to increase the number of bedrooms to 49 and make other modifications to the plans in order to make it more “viable”.

If permission is granted developers hope to start work soon.

No details have been given about how many potential new jobs the development may create.

Stuart Monk, managing director of Jomast, said: “We have revisited the plans and increased the number of bedrooms and made some other modifications to make the scheme more viable.

“This is an important building in the centre of Hartlepool.”

Mr Monk added that depending on planning permission they hope to be on site “fairly quickly”.

A council spokesman confirmed that existing permission will run out in December and that a fresh application has been submitted.

The Wesley, built in 1872, is a Grade II listed building.

It also used to house the Wesley Gym before it closed.

In December 2007, the Wesley nightclub reopened its doors to revellers for a trial run after being closed for three years, but it has been closed in recent years.

Jomast has previously said new “high quality hotel accommodation” would be a great benefit to the town.

The current planning permission is to convert the existing vacant buildings into a hotel with the loss of the nightclub and leisure club.

It includes plans for a modern, bistro-style licensed restaurant and bar.