Scheme for flats on former hotel site resurrected

The former Ryecroft Hotel in Wooler.
The former Ryecroft Hotel in Wooler.

A shuttered north Northumberland hotel which closed in 2012 could be knocked down to pave the way for 12 new flats.

A planning application, first put in towards the end of last year, has been resubmitted to demolish the 10-bedroom Ryecroft Hotel in Wooler, which occupies a prominent spot next to the A697.

Commercial First, a funding bank, repossessed the property after the business failed and went into administration due to the tough economic climate.

It has submitted an application to Northumberland County Council for a two-storey development of 12 flats with 24 car-parking spaces.

The scheme has been amended from 2013 and it would involve demolishing the existing hotel buildings and replacing it with the 12 flats across two buildings.

In the past, there have also been applications to turn it into a residential care home and accommodation units, but these were knocked back by the county council.

At its meeting this week, Wooler Parish Council objected, saying it was not in keeping with the area. Instead of the ‘one Travelodge’ in the original plans, ‘now it looks like two Travelodges’.