Restoring at-risk Cornmill Hotel in Holderness Road is 'a priority'
A LANDMARK building has been earmarked for regeneration after heritage organisations claimed it was in an "unacceptable state".
The former Cornmill Hotel in Holderness Road, east Hull, is featured in the Save Britain's Heritage annual Buildings At Risk report.
Now, Hull City Council says regenerating the building is a priority after it was left to go to ruin and subsequently vandalised when the owners' business failed.
City councillor Sean Chaytor, chairman of the planning committee, said: "There has been interest in the building and the council would be very interested in working with partners to redevelop the building and take it from its current sad and unacceptable state.
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"Regeneration of this building is a priority for all the council, both officers and councillors, as it is valued by us all.
"The problem that has delayed the regeneration is the owners' business failure and the damage caused while the building was left insecure until the council intervened to secure it.
"Our economic regeneration team will continue to progress its redevelopment and restoration."
Each year, Save Britain's Heritage focuses on historic buildings in need of repair throughout England and Wales.
The crumbling gems are also added to an online database with the aim of attracting people to take them on and restore them to their former glory.
The Cornmill Hotel started life in 1838 as an engine-house for the adjoining Holderness Corn Mill, which has since been demolished.
It is locally listed and sits within the Holderness Road Conservation Area.
After the mill closed, the building was converted into a hotel, which closed in 2007.
Since then, it has been targeted by vandals. Although the building is not weather-tight, as the upper windows and skylights have been damaged, it is now secure against intruders.
The council is keen to see the building preserved and is prepared to be flexible over reuse when considering planning applications.
For instance, subject to the relevant consents, a large piece of land behind the building could accommodate an extension or new wing.
The Cornmill is located at a busy crossroads within easy reach of the centre of Hull and is for sale freehold with a guide price of £550,000.
Save Britain's Heritage has been campaigning for historic buildings since its formation in 1975 by a group of architects, journalists and planners.