Plans for a new boutique hotel to be built on the site of the former Queen’s Head Hotel in Morpeth in Northumberland have been given the green light.
Northumberland County Council approved the development for the 43-bedroom boutique hotel on the Bridge Street site, with wedding, spa and conference facilities, along with a proposal for 600 and 200 homes respectively in Ashington.
Crafted Projects – part of the Ladhar Group – submitted plans to demolish the majority of the 400-year-old Queen’s hotel that has been derelict for seven years, but retain its Tudor façade.
A ‘Pleased to Meet You’ bar, restaurant and tea room will also open on the ground floor.
The events space with a capacity for 400 people will be primarily used for weddings, which will be a key focus for the new hotel.
The former coaching inn has been boarded up since 2013 and the Ladhar Group first floated the idea of a renovation project in 2014.
Once open, the development is expected to create 15 full-time and 35 part-time jobs.