Plans to convert former HSBC bank into boutique hotel

UK: A proposal to convert a Grade II listed building on Barnard Castle Market Place has been submitted to Durham County Council.

T and L Honeyman, from Whorlton, has sought consent to create eight en-suite rooms and additional parking space for four cars at the rear of the property.

The application states: “The property is in a prominent position on the eastern side of Barnard Castle market place. The property is visible from the main A67 and is accessed from the street although it is proposed that a rear entrance is also provided for the use of disabled visitors.”

“The elevations at this stage will remain unaltered. A further application will be made for external improvements should the change of use be granted,” it read.

The 18th century, three-floor stone building is set within the town’s conservation area. It has been empty since HSBC closed the branch in early 2017.

A heritage statement by Colling Morris Architectural Services said that the frontage has been relatively unchanged for many years, whereas the interior has been altered to suit developing needs and very few original features remain.

Should the couple be granted approval, the hotel is anticipated to create one full-time and three part-time jobs.

Members of the public and interested parties have until September 26 to comment on the application. A decision is expected to be made by late October.

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