Plans for a new boutique hotel in Morpeth have got locals up in arms after the proposal revealed that a 400-year-old hotel would be demolished in the process.
The plan would see part of the Queen’s Head Hotel the Northumberland market town torn down to make way for a new 43-bedroom boutique hotel.
The company behind the scheme is Crafted Project – the rebranded leisure division of Ladhar Group – who says they will retain the building’s Tudor façade but build a new boutique with wedding, spa and conference space on the site.
The firm said the current structure, which has been left unoccupied for the last two years, is in bad condition and demolition is necessary in order for the building to be redeveloped.
But residents claim the new facility should be built elsewhere because the former hotel is an important landmark in the town, and claims its history will be ‘lost forever once the bulldozers come in’.
If given the green light, the first phase of development would see a gin and cocktail bar installed on the ground floor, before work begins on the bedrooms, spa, tea room and events space.
The planning application said Crafted Projects wanted to provide a sensitive redevelopment of the former hotel.
The designs and access statement said: “Crafted Projects are acutely aware of the historic interest of the site in relation to the Morpeth Conservation Area.
“Accordingly the proposals will reflect a heritage led approach albeit incorporating a new building development within the burgage plot behind the retained facade to Bridge Street.”