Work to revive the historic Royal Hotel in Ashby after years of closure
Assurance has been given that a historic hotel building in the heart of a capital is not just abandoned.
The North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) said it was working with the owners of the Royal Hotel in Ashby to secure a long-term future for the empty Grade II listed building.
In March 2018, the historic hotel closed due to financial pressures and a need for investment to bring it up to modern standards.
Historic England is set to add the building to the 2021 Heritage in Danger Register, which will be released in October. ..
This prompted the NWLDC to ensure that no damage is caused while the hotel is shut down.
He says he’s working to help the owners, Oakland Hotels Limited, “get it back up and running as soon as possible.”
Head of Council Richard Blunt said: “The Royal Hotel is an important heritage building in Ashby and we are doing absolutely everything we can to protect it.
“It’s good that the owners aspire to breathe new life into the building and its surroundings, but we really have to make sure that no damage is done in the meantime and get things done.”
The authority’s conservation officer performs weekly site inspections and works with landowners on the proposed sale of Bath land to Ashby City Council.
He is also making progress on a planning request for a development project on either side of the hotel.
According to the town hall, the owner recently made a commitment to clear the parking lot, which is no longer used for gas installation work, and to renovate the porch and the perimeter wall.
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Simon Dawson, Director of Oakland Hotels Ltd., said: “In the three years since the Royal Hotel closed, the company has invested a lot of time and money and a lot of work has been done to promote the hotel. project and to breathe new life into the historic building and its surroundings.
“It is extremely encouraging to see that substantial progress is now being made. We are working tirelessly to bring the plans to the committee and to complete the sale of The Bath Grounds as soon as possible.”
In addition, the one-story buildings on the site should now be demolished as all the planning conditions have been met.
The owner has confirmed that the renovation and demolition of the walls will be part of the work to be done following the sale of the Bath land to Ashby City Council, which would improve the appearance of the hotel and its surrounding wall .
Earl Blunt added: “The fact that the building is to be added to the list of endangered heritage of historic England shows how important it is.
“We speak to owners regularly and visit the site to make sure the building is secure and kept in good repair while the hotel is closed, and we look forward to seeing the progress of the plans they have.
“We plan to post regular updates as we know how important the Royal Hotel is to the locals.”