Fears that Egerton House Hotel could be demolished and replaced with housing estate

The Bolton News: Macdonald Hotels says no decision has yet been made about the Egerton House site Macdonald Hotels says no decision has yet been made about the Egerton House site

ANY proposals to demolish Egerton House and build a housing estate on the land will be met with strong opposition, a councillor has declared.

As revealed earlier this week in The Bolton News, the beleaguered hotel is set to close at the end of the month with the loss of 25 jobs.

Owners Macdonald has said it is exploring “the possibility of alternative uses for the site, including residential”.

Conservative leader Cllr David Greenhalgh, who represents Bromley Cross, said: “I find it very disappointing that we are losing such a landmark hotel and restaurant — one that’s been there for years and years.

“You wonder where it has gone wrong. I have been aware that they have been struggling for a while.

“Maybe they have put too much store in the corporate side and weddings and lost the connection with the community surrounding them.

“It is such a beautiful setting and house. My concern now is that we shall have some ridiculous planning applications for development.

“I know there was an inquiry made by Macdonald about the possibility of demolishing the existing house to build houses — an estate.

“We made it quite clear that this would not be an appropriate development.

“We would be totally against further develop-ment. I don’t know if they are trying to sell it as a going concern.

“Demolition and the building of houses is something we would totally fight against.

“It’s one of the really great traditional houses in the area.”

Eight weddings scheduled for the venue have been re-arranged elsewhere.

Macdonald has said no decision will be made about the future of the building until the hotel closes.

Mark Platt, manager of neighbouring hotel Mercure Last Drop, has voiced his sadness at the news of the closure of Egerton House.

He said: “The number of licensed and hospitality business closing or under pressure due to tough trading conditions, high utility costs and increased supplier pricing is squeezing the profitability margins.

"This remains a concern for the foreseeable future and continues to threaten livelihoods.

“Since the announcement, we have received a number of inquiries regarding weddings which were planned for the future and can assure the local community that we will assist and support in any way we can.”

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11:29am Fri 10 Jan 14

Regulatory Man says...

Egerton needs a housing estate there like it needs a hole in the head.
It is not a location that would be wise given the traffic problems it would create on that stretch of road next to Briggs Fold Road.
Egerton needs a housing estate there like it needs a hole in the head. It is not a location that would be wise given the traffic problems it would create on that stretch of road next to Briggs Fold Road. Regulatory Man
  • Score: 9

12:51pm Fri 10 Jan 14

lv8151 says...

come on NIMBY'S ..... lol ....... time to come out of your closets and start shouting about the usual traffic problems
come on NIMBY'S ..... lol ....... time to come out of your closets and start shouting about the usual traffic problems lv8151
  • Score: -3

1:58pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Menhed says...

Another burnt out shell in a couple of years then.
Another burnt out shell in a couple of years then. Menhed
  • Score: 9

2:51pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Malcolm Tucker says...

There is a fundamental problem that occurs whenever these types of issues arise, and that is that the owners may apply for planning permission for anything they want on their land and the Planning authority must make a decision ONLY on what is being asked for.

A local campaign would inevitably be centered around asking planning to refuse an application for housing. If this is a success, then the next stage is not so easy, as whist planning can say yeah or nay to a particular proposal it cant direct the owner to do something else instead, including re-opening the business. If the owners don't want to re-open or sell it as a going concern, there ain't much anyone can do about that, neither local people nor the council.

Therefore the risk in any of this, as Menhed rightly says, is that the building ultimately sits there as a boarded up or burnt out eyesore - ironically as the result of a successful campaign against redevelopment.

The best example of this in recent times is he Greenwood pub, Horwich where the parish council campaigned 'successfully' against redevelopment and Bolton planning duly complied and refused permission. It now sits there as the most disgraceful eyesore in Horwich. The local campaigners and Horwich Council congratulated themselves on their 'success' but now hide their eyes in embarrassment whenever they pass the site of their victory.
There is a fundamental problem that occurs whenever these types of issues arise, and that is that the owners may apply for planning permission for anything they want on their land and the Planning authority must make a decision ONLY on what is being asked for. A local campaign would inevitably be centered around asking planning to refuse an application for housing. If this is a success, then the next stage is not so easy, as whist planning can say yeah or nay to a particular proposal it cant direct the owner to do something else instead, including re-opening the business. If the owners don't want to re-open or sell it as a going concern, there ain't much anyone can do about that, neither local people nor the council. Therefore the risk in any of this, as Menhed rightly says, is that the building ultimately sits there as a boarded up or burnt out eyesore - ironically as the result of a successful campaign against redevelopment. The best example of this in recent times is he Greenwood pub, Horwich where the parish council campaigned 'successfully' against redevelopment and Bolton planning duly complied and refused permission. It now sits there as the most disgraceful eyesore in Horwich. The local campaigners and Horwich Council congratulated themselves on their 'success' but now hide their eyes in embarrassment whenever they pass the site of their victory. Malcolm Tucker
  • Score: 6

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