Expansion plans lodged for Northumberland seaside hotel

Plans for a major expansion of a Northumberland seaside hotel have been lodged.

Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 4:00 pm

The Inn Collection Group wants to extend and convert The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses to provide 18 additional rooms and improved pub/restaurant facilities.

A report submitted on the applicant’s behalf states: ‘The applicant is keen to extend the current pub/hotel site at Seahouses to create further pub space/restaurant covers and additional guest bedrooms.

‘The extension will create 120 square metres of pub floor space plus a further 18 en-suite bedrooms.’

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The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses.

Documents submitted to Northumberland County Council say the proposal seeks to update and alter internal elements of the Bamburgh Castle Inn, as well as convert and alter internal elements of the northern end of the row of cottages (named as Coble Cottage) and the courtyard and yard elements to their rear.

The most significant change is the addition of a new single-storey block joining the existing Inn building to Coble Cottage and extending the available ground-floor space in the Inn.

The enclosed yard to the rear of Coble Cottage, excluding the large courtyard accessed directly by the wide cart entry, would be converted to additional internal space.

An additional subdivision of Coble Cottage would create separate accommodation units.

First-floor space of Coble Cottage above the cart entry to the courtyard would have internal stud walling elements removed to create a more open-plan accommodation space.

The Ice Cream Factory to the rear of the cottages would also be expanded and altered to provide additional accommodation.

The proposed works are screened by existing buildings from the listed lime kilns.

No extra parking provision is proposed, with the applicant indicating that there is sufficient nearby public parking available.

It is anticipated that the scheme would result in the creation of two full-time jobs.

The Inn Collection Group already operates The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, The Amble Inn at Amble and The Commissioner’s Quay at Blyth.

It has also extended its portfolio across the wider region.

The application is expected to be discussed by North Sunderland Parish Council at its next meeting on January 4.

A final decision will be taken by Northumberland County Council.

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