Redevelopment plans back for derelict country hall

Lucker Hall present day
Lucker Hall present day

Plans to redevelop the site of a fire-hit country hall to create a holiday complex are back on the table after an amended application was submitted.

Holiday Property Bond Ltd (HPB) has applied to Northumberland County Council to redevelop Lucker Hall by demolishing the existing hall and stable block, restoring the Grade II-listed garden walls and dovecote and building 40 holiday units and a leisure club.

The hall was destroyed by fire in the 1980s, but HPB applied to redevelop the site, earning planning permission in 2010 which was extended last year.

However, several minor amendments to the scheme mean it is to go before planners again.

Agent Ian Nicholson, of JMP Architects Ltd, explained that the changes include a reduction in the overall size of the site and the repositioning of the leisure club due to holiday cottages being approved on a nearby site.

Documents submitted with the plans conclude that the proposals would restore an ‘eyesore’ that has been derelict for more than 20 years, while ensuring that the grade II-listed walls and dovecote are restored.

In terms of the economy, HPB, ‘due to its bond-holder basis, guarantees to bring visitors to the area and therefore brings with it a significant economic benefits’. The development will create around 15 jobs as well as others associated with servicing the buildings and during the construction phase.