Nottinghamshire police station could get boutique hotel conversion

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UK: Developer MCA Partnership has revealed plans to turn the former police station in Retford in to a hotel.

The company plans to turn the Victorian building on Exchange Street into a 12-bedroom hotel, restaurant and bar. It has submitted a planning application to Bassetlaw Council.

A summary of the planning application says: "Our aim is to provide a high-class establishment with the emphasis on a quality experience for our hotel and restaurant guests. The premises will be operated by an established local business, employing the region of 20 local people. We believe this proposal will conserve and enhance the building without having a detrimental effect on the neighbouring properties and businesses."

The historic building, which was built in 1890, has been unoccupied for 18 months since the police moved into new premises.

If the plans are successful, original external features such as the Victorian frontage will be maintained as part of the plans and the building's "special characteristics" will be "protected, conserved or enhanced".

Derek Turner, of the Retford Civic Society, said: "We've had a look around the building and we think it's an excellent idea. There are wonderful views over Kings' Park from what will be the bedrooms and they are going to incorporate some of what used to be the cell areas as part of the hotel. It's going to be a great asset to Retford and we are short of accommodation options. It will increase footfall and get more people into what is a fine market town. We really are very pleased about it."

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