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A disused Lichfield hotel could be turned into residential apartments.
Developers have drawn up plans to convert the Grade II listed Angel Croft on Beacon Street into eight homes.
The building was originally a private house built around 1790, before being converted to a hotel in the 1930s.
However, it closed in 2008 and has been empty since, with the car park used as a pay and display facility for the city centre.
There had been hopes it would reopen after being purchased by the company behind The George Hotel, but the decision has now been taken to return the building to residential use, pending planning permission being granted.
But the developers have admitted that changing its use will not be without challenges.
A statement supporting the plans said: “Although there are significant constraints imposed by the need to work sympathetically with the historic fabric of the building and the surrounding area, the building and its surrounds also represent a great opportunity for a high quality development that will give the building and the area new life, activity, and a viable long-term future.”
Uncertainty over the future of the building had been raised after it was named on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register.
And local history blogger Kate Gomez, from LichfieldLore, said she hoped the plans would get a positive reaction.
“If something positive doesn’t happen soon then there is a possibility that we may lose it altogether and be left with nothing more than a vacant building plot,” she said on her blog.
“I hope that this proposal, which will secure the future of the building and its features, will be supported and that the Angel Croft will not be put at further risk by short sightedness and nostalgia about an unsustainable past.”
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