PLANS have been lodged to regenerate an 18th Century seafront hotel in Seaton Carew.
Applicants intend to demolish part of the Seaton Hotel and build a new extension as part of plans to give the grade II listed building a new lease of life.
The hotel on The Front was built in 1792 but the applicants say the current extensions at the back of the building are in a poor state of repair.
They have submitted planning applications to Hartlepool Borough Council seeking permission for the partial demolition and new building work along with listed building consent.
A design statement prepared by ASP Associates on behalf of the applicant states: “The proposal for this site is to demolish a large proportion of the two storey extension to the rear of the property.
“The current extensions to the property are in a poor state of disrepair that would require redevelopment for any possible future scheme.”
It is proposed to demolish part of the two storey and single storey offshoot buildings and replace them with a slightly larger two and a half storey extension.
The first floor extension plans include seven new bedrooms and a further six on the second floor.
The design statement added: “Overall the scheme proposes to regenerate this existing unoccupied 15 bed hotel with bar, function room and restaurant facilities to a 25 bed all with en-suite hotel with the retention and modernisation of the existing facilities.
“It is our opinion that the development will provide good quality development and re-use of an elegant 18th century listed building and not letting it go to ruin.”
The plans also include proposals to re-open two previously bricked up windows on the side of the building facing Front Street.
A similar application was made two years ago but was later withdrawn. A decision by the council is due around mid March.
Seaton Hotel was built in 1792 and gained listed status in 1950.