Council may force sale of eyesore town hotel

Tudor gate hotel Finedon
Tudor gate hotel Finedon

Councillors are to be asked to set the wheels in motion to compulsory purchase a run-down former hotel in Finedon.

Members of Wellingborough Council’s resources committee will be asked to agree in principle to start the process leading to a compulsory purchase order being issued for the Tudor Gate Hotel when they meet tomorrow.

Councillors will also be asked to authorise council officers to find a suitable partner or developer to take ultimate ownership of the site “with a view to its protection and refurbishment”.

Earlier this month the Evening Telegraph reported that the hotel, which closed four or five years ago, had suffered smashed windows and flood damage and had become partially covered in ivy.

Cllr John Bailey, who represents Finedon on the council, called on the local authority at the end of January to take action to save the building.

Council documents relating to the prospect of the compulsory purchase of the hotel say: “The Tudor Gate Hotel fell into disuse about four years ago having been a well-loved and used facility for several decades for both locals and patrons from the surrounding area.

“Although it latterly received planning permission and listed building consent for a development and refurbishment scheme, the applicant has been slow to proceed.

“As this is causing real anxiety locally, through its vulnerability to theft and arson attack, reflected in the ward councillor’s recent formal question to the council, it is felt that statutory action through compulsory purchase procedures should be commenced as soon as possible.”

The papers say council officers met with one of the owners of the hotel, Ian Cunningham, in November. At the meeting he said he had identified a builder and he anticipated work beginning sometime during January.

In January the owners’ local agent told council officers the owners were now looking for an alternative builder.