PLANS which could see an historic Worcestershire hotel brought back to life have been submitted.

Chateau Impney, near Droitwich, has been closed since 2020 with uncertainty surrounding its future.

Now, however, the Impney Estate has submitted a full planning application to Wychavon District Council to bring the iconic site back to life.

Under the plans, the hotel will be restored to its original appearance, with many of the external buildings and extensions to be demolished and restored to green space and woodland.

The large conference venue on-site would be demolished and replaced with an estate village called "Little Impney" comprising 127 homes and four new commercial premises.

This, the Impney Estate says, will represent less built-volume on the land and restore the working area of the estate.

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Rod Spollon, managing director of Greyfort Group, which owns the Impney Estate, said: "We are delighted to announce that after many months of preparation and consultation, a full planning application for the regeneration of the Impney Estate has been submitted to Wychavon District Council.

"This is the first step to implementing our long-term estate masterplan, the purpose of which is to realise a sustainable future for the Impney Estate.

"We were delighted to have received so much feedback through our pre-planning application submission consultation process and have prepared a report on how this feedback has informed our proposals which is available on our website.

"As custodians of the Impney Estate we at Greyfort Group are committed to ensuring the preservation and enhancement of one of Worcestershire’s most iconic buildings, as well as addressing one of Droitwich’s largest brownfield regeneration opportunities.

 

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"We are committed to keeping the community involved in the proposals for the Impney Estate and will continue to provide updates throughout the planning process."

Also included in the plans are the restoration of the south drive access to the site, as was originally the case when the hotel was built.

Pedestrian routes will provide leisure walks around Little Impney, such as a circular walk, as well as connections to the John Corbett Way bridleway and access onto Middle and South Drive.

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Chateau Impney announced it would be closing.

Since then, it has remained empty, with uncertainty over its future.

In 2021, a public consultation was launched into plans for the site, with public responses being largely positive.

To view the plans in full, go to www.impneyestate.co.uk/#update-planning-app