Lancashire Victorian mansion set for boutique hotel conversion

UK: A former mill owner’s mansion in Pendle could be converted into a boutique hotel with a Moroccan spa.

Owner Dr Zia Ud-Din has revealed plans to transform Bank House, in Albert Road, Colne, the former headquarters of Pendle Leisure Trust. The plans include demolishing a later annexe to the 1870s building, and replacing it with a contemporary three-storey building.

The proposed spa would include a Hammam, swimming pool, treatment rooms, laser surgery and cosmetic surgery clinics, hair-dressing salon and nail bar, with overnight rooms in the rear.

Planning agent Umar Farque said of the building to be demolished: “It is unattractive and does not sit comfortably with the main building and at best could be described as an eyesore. We consider this to be a great opportunity to remove an unsightly extension and enhance the site.”

The building – originally built as a home for local mill owner Richard Shaw – was used as offices and a ticket outlet by the leisure trust before  it relocated to Colne Town Hall in 2013.

Dr Ud-Din recently acquired Bank House, and hopes to develop it via his company, Zeiss Medical Ltd.

Farque added: “This is a unique opportunity for Colne to have an iconic development that will bring prosperity to the town and create jobs for the local community.”

Town councillor Carlo Lionti, who runs the nearby Carlo’s Restaurant in Albert Road, said: “I’ve had a look at the plans and they appear to be very attractive. This should bring investment to the area.”

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