25 May - Planners set to decide on Acklam Hall proposals
Planners will decide the future of Middlesbrough's only Grade 1 listed building at a meeting this week
Planners will decide the future of Middlesbrough's only Grade 1 listed building at a meeting this week.
The decision on Acklam Hall follows a detailed public consultation process and close co-operation with English Heritage.
The aim is to secure the future of the unique 17th Century building which was formerly home to Middlesbrough College.
The site, off Hall Drive, is being fenced off this week to protect it from further deterioration and possible vandalism.
Middlesbrough Council's Planning and Development Committee will consider plans to renovate the Hall and develop the wider 14.4-hectare site when it meets tomorrow (Friday, May 25).
The current proposals would see the development of a medical centre with high quality housing in the surrounding grounds.
Future developments include the possible creation of a boutique hotel and restaurant in the building.
The plans will allow for the removal of unsightly buildings created during the Hall's occupation by Middlesbrough College, and the restoration of much of the original façade.
Local groups including Acklam 20/20 and Acklam Community Council, as well as local ward members, have been involved in the process from the outset.
Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council's Historic Buildings Champion, said: "Middlesbrough is a relatively young town, so we only have a small number of buildings of real historic significance, and only one that is Grade 1 listed.
"Acklam Hall is a hugely important piece of the town's history, and it's vital that we secure its future, so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.
"A huge amount of care and thought has gone into ensuring these proposals are appropriate and of the highest possible quality.
"It is now down to the planning committee to make a decision on the way forward."