Plans for former hotel up for approval

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A planning application to turn a former hotel into 18 flats and houses, including a penthouse apartment, is being considered tonight (Thursday, April 16).

The Hunting Lodge in Cottingham closed in November with the loss of 20 jobs and a planning application was submitted to Corby Council by its joint owners, Herbie Waser and Lindsay Fairbairn, to convert the building into four ground-floor apartments, four first-floor apartments, a second-floor penthouse, five two-storey mews properties and four cottages.

A report to Corby Council by WB Property Consultants of Walgrave, acting on behalf of the owners, says alterations to The Hunting Lodge will mainly be internal. And some windows will be replaced with French doors to create balconies and terraces to enhance the property.

The council has received three letters of objection to the proposal, however, Cottingham Parish Council has supported the application but has stressed that there is a need to ensure all trees are maintained in accordance with the plans.

The planning officer has recommended that officers approve the scheme.