Hartlepool’s ‘first’ boutique hotel to come to fruition as businessman gets planning officials on side


Hartlepool’s ‘first’ boutique hotel looks set to become a reality, as planning officials prepare to approve proposals submitted by a local businessman.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee is due to make a decision on the conversion of the Grade-II listed Wilton Grange site into a new boutique hotel, restaurant and bar, in a project spearheaded by local man David Atkinson.

The ‘high-end boutique hotel’ would have eight en-suite guest bedrooms, function space, along with breakfast rooms, a bar, cocktail lounge, kitchen, restaurant and conference room.

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A planning report has recommended the proposals are approved by the committee at the meeting tomorrow.

A planning statement on behalf of the applicant said: “It is considered that this proposal will benefit the property, will not adversely impact on the wider locality and will be a worthwhile new addition to the borough which should be supported.”

The Grade-II listed building was built at the start of the 20th century and was previously a training school for hospital nursing staff.

It forms part of the Park Conservation Area which has been considered to be at risk since 2016 due to the loss of buildings and inappropriate development to the southern boundary.

The building was left unused and to ‘decay somewhat’ before the current owners purchased the property last year.

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