Plans for 24-bed boutique emerge as bidder steps up


A plan for a former Conservative Club in Scunthorpe to be transformed into a 24-bed boutique hotel could be given the go ahead, as the owner of the property said he was ‘close to reaching a deal’.

The deal is thought to be close to conclusion over the sale of the former club, after local steel boss Dave Chapman, who owns the freehold of the building, edges closer to settling on a deal.

It comes more than three years after the Conservative Club closed to rising debts.

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Local businessman, Abid Waddi, who owns the nearby Medina Foods convenience store, revealed he was in talks with Chapman over the sale.

If given the green light, he wants to convert the property into a 24-bedroom hotel as part of a £450,000 investment.

The club, which was opened in 1935, incorporates the former Campbell’s dance hall on the first floor, which was a popular night-time hotspot for local teenagers during the 1950s and 60s.

Previously, Neil Dubnyckyj, a local property developer, had planned a £500,000 transformation of the site into an upmarket steak restaurant and cabaret bar, but the proposal fell flat and failed to come to fruition.