Disused hotel to get new lease of life

23rd Febuary 2011.'Stoneleigh Hotel, Doncaster Road Wakefield.' 'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
23rd Febuary 2011.'Stoneleigh Hotel, Doncaster Road Wakefield.' 'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
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A HOTEL that was the setting of a classic novel will be transformed into apartments.

The Stoneleigh Hotel was expected to become a care home when planning permission was granted to Carestream Ltd back in 2007, but the £6m project was never completed.

Yesterday, a planning application that will see the Doncaster Road site converted into 27 apartments, was approved at a meeting of Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee.

Applicant Abdul Hussein also hopes to get permission to build eight semi-detached homes in the vicinity later down the line.

Members of the planing committee, like Coun David Hopkins, said the development was much needed.

He added; “Once the hotel closed, it was a shame to see it slowly deteriorate.

“Residents will be pleased to see it come back into full use one way or another. The facilities it will provide will improve the area.”

The hotel was originally built as a terrace of houses in 1880, which were home to the mother of literary legend George Gissing. It was while visiting her, that he found inspiration for his novel A Life’s Morning.