Fight to save Kettering building backed

The former Buccleuch Hotel in Kettering
The former Buccleuch Hotel in Kettering

A group which campaigns for the conservation of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the UK has added its voice to a campaign to stop the former Buccleuch Hotel in Kettering from being demolished.

The Victorian Society has commented on proposals by Nanco Estates, the owner of the Stamford Road building currently occupied by the Zen Spice restaurant, to say that destroying the late 19th century building would ‘deprive’ Kettering of one of its better buildings.

A planning application to demolish the site, which is not listed, and replace it with 14 flats has been submitted to Kettering Council.

A decision is due to be made in May.

James Hughes, conservation adviser at the Victorian Society, said: “We urge Kettering Borough Council to refuse approval for the needless destruction of the Buccleuch Hotel.”

A Facebook group called the Kettering Town Preservation Society was set up after the plans were announced in a bid to save the former Buccleuch Hotel.