Steelworks site finds new calling as boutique hotel with £5m investment

PAULTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 26: A sign warns of danger on a fence surrounding land that is being prepared for new houses to be built on a brownfield site close to the greenbelt of the village of Paulton on April 26, 2012 near Bristol, England. Figures released yesterday showed the UK’s economy had slipped into a double-dip recession for the first time since the 1970s and the decline was led in the main by a slump in the construction industry. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

County Durham has approved plans for a development to transform a former steelworks site into a 65-bed hotel.  

The £5 million hotel development for Consett was approved by a Durham County Council planning committee on Thursday.

Consett county councillor Alex Watson told the Northern Echo: “It’s a super development for Consett. It’s a huge statement of confidence in the regeneration of the area.

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“It sends out the right message and it’s going to bring wealth to the economy.”

He added: “We’re talking about quite a number of jobs. Consett was described as a boom town which is a statement of where we are going.

“In the next five years there are quite a few developments coming into the area.

“It’s tremendous and I’m really delighted that such a hotel is going to happen.”

A statement by MD2, the planning consultant employed on behalf of applicants Project Genesis, said: “The object is to provide an attractive, interesting, modern design which will create a successful, popular building which is fully fit for purpose, making best use of the available land and has been designed to fit the setting without impacting adversely upon the local landscape or setting and which will not create any adverse impacts upon neighbouring residential amenity.”

A hotellier has not yet been appointed to run the new venue.



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