Wakefield hotel to be transformed

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 19TH century hotel which inspired a classic novel will be given a new lease of life.

The Stoneleigh Hotel, on Doncaster Road, will be turned into 27 flats after a planning application was approved by Wakefield Council.

The hotel was originally built as a terrace of houses in 1880, which was 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.

The building will be converted into 22 two-bedroom, one three-bedroom, and four one-bedroom flats.

A design and access statement submitted to the council states: “Stoneleigh Hotel is a 19th century limestone building, which was originally built as seven terrace houses.

“This was converted into a hotel during mid 20th century and was in use until 2006.

“In 2008, a planning application to convert the building into a nursing home was approved and the building works started, but soon it was stopped due to liquidation of the owners’ company.”

Since then the building has remained boarded up.

Under the terms of the planning consent, the applicant, Abdul Hussein, will have to pay £75,000 towards affordable housing in the Wakefield district under a 106 agreement.

He will have three years to carry out the work or face having to re-apply to Wakefield Council for permission.