New lease of life for Woolley Hall
Wakefield's historic Woolley Hall looks set for a new lease of life as the Council finalise the sale.
The building has been sold on conditional contract, subject to planning. This means that the sale will be completed if planning permission is approved.
The developer, Marshal CDP, have now submitted a planning application to change the use of the Hall into a hotel.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "I am pleased that another one of Wakefield's historic buildings could get the opportunity for a new lease of life. This is another solid endorsement by the private sector, showing that Wakefield is thriving with significant potential.
"We believe the proposals will secure the future of this magnificent building and its stunning grounds and deliver yet another outstanding destination for visitors and residents to enjoy."
The present Woolley Hall is an example of early Jacobean architecture and was built in 1635 and was renovated around 1800 by architect sir Jeffry Wyatville, who was employed by George IV to remodel Windsor Castle, which earned him a knighthood.
Wyattville specialised in period restorations and additions to historic mansions which included, amongst many others Chatsworth House and Longleat House.
The planning application will be subject to the usual formal planning process and, as part of this, people have the opportunity to comment on the proposals.
The proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Council's capital investment plans across the district and contribute to the significant budget savings needed to respond to the Government cuts.