Hotel plan will ‘break the mould’

Olde Englishe hotel
Olde Englishe hotel

Developers hoping to transform an historic Matlock hotel have unveiled their plans.

A new application to create a building to the rear of the Old English Hotel, in Dale Road, has been welcomed by town councillors.

Olde Englishe hotel

Olde Englishe hotel

Work to extend and revamp the building is currently underway but the latest scheme could see a contemporary three-storey building created adjacent to the hotel, which will house shops and apartments above.

Tansley man James Neville has taken over the building, which was ravaged by fire at the end of the 19th Century, and hopes to return it to its former glory.

He said: “The new development will be a chance to create something really special, a modern interpretation, rather than trying to copy the Old English.”

At a meeting in Matlock on Monday councillors voted in favour of the application.

Cllr Geoff Stevens said: “This will probably be controversial, as anything which breaks the mould in Matlock tends to be, but I think our town is progressing. ”

Cllr David Barker added: “I think it will add to that area as for the past 100 years we have been looking at a fire damaged building.”

The application is set to be determined by Derbyshire Dales District Council in August.