A Wooler hotel which closed last year could be knocked down to pave the way for 12 new flats.
A planning application has been submitted to demolish the 10-bedroom Ryecroft Hotel which occupies a prominent spot next to the A697.
Commercial First, a funding bank, has repossessed the property after the previous owners, Clive Walby and Linda Gibbons, decided to stop trading.
It has submitted an application to Northumberland County Council for a two-storey development of 12 flats with 24 car parking spaces.
Gary Murray of agents DTA Chartered Accountants, said: “Our client, Commercial First, is a funding bank and due to the current economic downturn required to repossess the property.
“The Ryecroft Hotel business has been trading poorly over the last few years and the previous owner determined to stop trading.
“The current hotel is of poor quality in built form and is not capable of ease of conversion to residential.
“Accordingly, it is proposed to develop a two storey flatted development of traditional external materials encompassing facing brick, timber windows, concrete sills and a small measure of external render. Concrete roof tiles are proposed for the pitched roof.
“It is further proposed that 24 car parking spaces will be formed as part of the overall development.”
The developers intend to use the existing access taken from Ryecroft Way. This has been discussed in pre-application discussions as probably the optimum access solution.
Wooler Parish Council is likely to discuss the application at its meeting on Monday, October 28 in the Cheviot Centre, 7pm.
It has previously been up for sale with Aitchisons estate agency. In the past there have also been applications to turn it into a residential care home and accommodation units but these were knocked back by the county council.
Parish councillor Alfreda Hindmarsh said: “The hotel has been closed for at least a year and the site has become quite an eyesore, given its prominent position in Wooler. It will be interesting to see what happens this time.”
The hotel received generally favourable reviews on internet sites, with many comments about the warm welcome they received from the owners. It was particularly popular with cyclists and walkers doing the nearby St Cuthbert’s Way.
A final decision will eventually be taken by the county council.