A PROPOSAL to transform historic Hampton Manor into a hotel and conference centre received enthusiastic approval during a council planning meeting this week.
The grade II listed building, set within the conservation area in Hampton in Arden, was recently bought by Derrick and Janet Hill and their son James.
The new owners paid over three million pounds for the property are expected to spend another two million on the building's conversion.
Members of the council's planning sub-committee paid a visit to the manor on Saturday for a thorough inspection of the site before a final decision was made.
After Wednesday's meeting Knowle Councillor Jeff Potts said: "It was a pleasure to approve this development. It's exactly the type of renovation the Manor needs, well thought out and it would assure continued use of the listed building."
The change of use of Hampton Manor from a residential care home to a 12-bedroom hotel and conference centre, will include the addition of an atrium over the courtyard to provide a restaurant, create areas of car parking and a new access point and driveway. Added to this, the extensive grounds are set to be restored to their former Victorian glory.
James Hill, who will be resident manager, said the Manor's refurbishment would provide a "chic and contemporary style that sensitively blends with the historic architecture, oak panelling, feature fireplaces and ornate ceilings."
The Manor is expected to be open for business by the end of 2008 or early in 2009.