Hotel, bars and restaurant plans approved for Hartlepool's burned out Wesley Chapel
The prayers of a town centre landmark have been answered after plans were approved to turn a burned-weslyeout chapel into a hive for leisure businesses.
Now Jomast has been given fresh planning permission to transform the 1870s building, following on from approved proposals in 2009 and 2013 for a 49 room hotel.
The permission, which covers a 36-bedroom hotel also gives the green light for a restaurant and bar on the upper ground floor of the main building, five commercial units for retail, financial and professional services and restaurants and cafes and a drinking establishment.
The go-ahead from Hartlepool Borough Council also allows the replacement of windows, re-roofing of the building with the installation of conservation-style roof lights and works to put in a new lift shaft inside the Victoria Road site.
Further alterations include the creation of a terrace and outside area, ramped access and a cycle shed and internal alterations to include new roof trusses and amendments to floor levels.
Jomast said in its application it had decided to reduce the size of its hotel plans and include the change of use for the upper ground floor as part of its latest proposal for the former nightclub, with 15 car parking spaces to be made available.
Its documents told planners: “The present appearance and character of the building will be retained by the proposals.”
It adds the existing window openings and glazing will be “respected as far as possible” with the partial removal of many internal blanking screens behind windows would give “more life” to how it looks.
The outdoor terrace will be below the level of the footpath, with limited visibility.
It plans to put the main entrance to the hotel where the access to the leisure club was, with the new ramp and steps to ensure disabled access, with a passenger lift to provide access to all levels of the hotel.
It has said the retail units will be “attractive to independent operators.”
Jomast was contacted for comment following the decision on its proposals.