This is an archived press release
Monday 9 October 2006
9 October 2006
Revival plan for landmark Peak District hotel
A landmark Peak District hotel that has been empty for years could be re-born as a conference and leisure centre with luxury holiday accommodation.
The Peak District National Park Authority has recommended plans to re-develop the Marquis of Granby site in the Hope Valley as a high quality “apart-hotel,” creating an all-year-round venue for the conference trade and tourists – believed to be the first of its kind in the National Park.
The scheme needs to be referred to the Secretary of State for final approval as it is a departure from local planning policies due to its scale.
Hathersage businessman Matthew Hinckley put forward the application for 35 two-bedroom holiday apartments, nine one-bedroom apartments and three single rooms, with a leisure centre and conference rooms, a restaurant and bar.
The site has been derelict for years, but previous plans for housing ran up against National Park Authority policy as it was outside the nearest village of Bamford, and the Authority preferred to see holiday accommodation retained at this important “gateway” to the Peak District.
The current scheme retains part of the existing building, and at the planning committee’s request it was re-designed to echo more of the original architecture. Officers’ concerns about scale were mitigated by the high quality design and screening. It also recycles original materials and features a solar-tiled roof-section to provide renewable energy.
Planning chairman Narendra Bajaria said: “This is a new concept for the National Park in terms of a prestigious apart-hotel providing all-year-round conference and tourism facilities. We believe it will improve and enhance the character and appearance of this prominent site at the gateway to the Peak District.
“There is a demand for conference facilities which is under-provided in the National Park at present, and we believe this will attract new business to the Peak District, create jobs and benefit the local economy.”