PLANS to turn Castle Bromwich Hall into a hotel could restore the historic building to its former glory, councillors have said.
Last Wednesday, Solihull Council’s planning committee gave their unanimous backing to the venture.
They said that the Grade 1 listed building had been empty for eight years and it was vital that it received a new lease of life.
Councillor Alan Martin (Con, Bickenhill) wholeheartedly welcomed the proposals.
“Over the years, we’ve watched the hall deteriorate. It needs to be brought back to the wonderful building it was,” he said.
He also thought that the hotel would encourage more visitors at the adjacent gardens - which are owned by a separate trust.
“I’m sure they’ll be delighted by the plans, it’ll be a big boost for income and raise awareness about the site.”
Coun Stuart Davis (Con, St Alphege) was similarly enthusiastic about the development.
“What is going to happen to the building will be done with great care and sensitivity,” he said.
“The architects that we met struck me as the kind of people who are going to look after this building.”
Dating from 1599, the hall has passed through the hands of several owners and lain empty since 2002.
Since then it’s become a target for thieves and vandals, to the sadness of many local residents.
The planning application will see the building transformed into a 17-bedroom hotel, with functions held in the Great Hall.
Comparisons have been drawn with Hampton Manor, in Shadowbrook Lane - which opened as a hotel and restaurant last year.