VIDEO: Exclusive look around The Fleece Hotel
By Laura Enfield and Mark Owen | 1st February 2023
An exclusive look inside The Fleece Hotel has been granted following calls for a new developer to take on the scheme.
Gloucester City Council showed Punchline around the site in Westgate Street and revealed it has so far spent £30-40,000 fixing up the site.
But progress has stalled on longer term plans to transform the site into a boutique hotel and opposition councillors believe it is time to find another developer for the regeneration project.
At a meeting of the council last week Councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD, Kingsholm and Wotton) questioned why the critical regeneration project seemed to have stalled.
The 15th-century timber-framed building is on Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register but has been earmarked for regeneration by the council as part of the Cathedral Quarter High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project.
Last year the project won £3.9 million Levelling-Up cash to bring the building back to life as a boutique hotel.
Cheltenham-based Dowdeswell Group was named as the firm that could make that happen. But no detailed plans have been forthcoming and the council is now in discussions with other interested parties.
It said: "The historic components of the Fleece Hotel site have recently been cleared of all modern fixtures, fittings and materials, revealing the historic fabric of the buildings.
"That historic fabric is currently being assessed with a view to recording it and its significance, and preparing a cost of works schedule to inform future works required at the site.
"In terms of the site's future use, discussions with different interested parties are ongoing. Those parties, and the nature of their interests, is commercially confidential at this time."
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