Former The Only Way is Essex Star Mick Norcross is progressing with a £4.5m project to convert Leigh-on-Sea’s Grade II-listed Grand Hotel into a boutique hotel, with a restaurant and piano bar.
The ex-reality TV show star has finally obtained the lease from Spirit Group for the landmark building following a long-running saga after subsidance was found on the site, according to a report in the Echo.
Norcross had previously had trouble getting planning permission for a two-storey extension, which was eventually approved in August 2012.
He told the Echo: “Negotiations over the lease are all done. The lease has been assigned to me and nobody else. It was confirmed on Monday.
“It’s good news, all the standing points on the lease have been agreed and we can now move forward”.
The property is expected to relaunch as Grand Boutique Hotel – with 20 bedrooms and a bridal suite – in around 18 months, with building works due to start soon.