Plans to demolish Lucker Hall and turn it into a holiday complex with 40 self-catering units, leisure facilities and a village shop have been approved by Northumberland County Council. It is also planned to restore the walled garden and dovecote. The hall was ravaged by fire more than 20 years ago.
The Holiday Property Bond, a life assurance bond with over 39,000 members, are behind the plans.
Planning permission for 40 holiday units on the site was originally granted in 2010 but Northumberland County Council said the revised plans required a new application.
A report by Barden Planning Consultants, on behalf of the developers, states: “The premises at Lucker have been derelict since the fire in the 1980s and therefore an eyesore in excess of 20 years.
“During that time, three successful planning applications have been made for residential, commercial and holiday use. The previous consents have not been implemented and one has to assume that they have not been economically viable propositions.
“The current application is from an experienced developer who has purchased the site and will develop it.
“Presently the site is derelict and overgrown in the heart of the village. The existing listed dovecote and garden walls are suffering through neglect and development of the site would ensure they are restored.”
The scheme could also provide an economic boost, providing 15 jobs as well as other jobs associated with servicing the buildings.
It could also be good news for nearby tourist attractions, restaurants and local shops with anticipated annual spent from this site of over £1.3 million a year.
“The Holiday Property Bond proposals will bring significant numbers of tourists to Lucker on a year round basis,” state the consultants.
The idea was kick-started by bondholders themselves who voted for a new site in Northumberland. Lucker Hall was selected ahead of numerous other potential sites.