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Rutland planning chiefs approve demolition of Essendine Hotel

Rutland Council planning chiefs have approved the demolition of the Essendine Hotel.

Bourne businessman Ben Gunner applied to the council to knock down the empty hotel in Essendine, which some locals have branded ‘an eyesore,’ unstable and ‘ugly.’

Mr Gunner later plans to submit an application for industrial units on the site and relocate his electrical engineering firm Switchserve from Spalding Road, Bourne, so it can expand.

The Essendine Hotel (8337972)
The Essendine Hotel (8337972)

A report by Rutland planners said: “This is a prior notification of intention to demolish the building. Preliminary discussions have taken place in the past and currently regarding re-use or redevelopment.

“Officers had been concerned at the loss of the hotel due to its historic connections with the railway.”

“Historic England was asked to look at it with a view to its listability. The decision is that it has been too much altered in the 20th Century and it is not worthy of listing.”

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