Bid to convert derelict north Cumbrian hotel rejected
inspectorate in November.
But the inspector, Elaine Gray, said the main issues were the effect of the proposal on the significance of the existing building and the character and appearance of the area, and whether the proposal would contribute to a sustainable pattern of development.
Commenting on the appeal decision Nick Elgey, commercial director of Citadel Estates, said: “We are disappointed by the inspector’s decision as we have tried our best to strike a balance between a scheme that respects the building and is commercially viable. We are now considering our options."
He said it is not a listed building and was no different to a redundant farm.
He said the firm had no choice to appeal the planning department’s decision after the application was supported by the public, ward councillors and consultees.