Town Deal: Wesley Chapel Hotel Redevelopment

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The Wesley Chapel is a prominent Grade II-listed Victorian Methodist Chapel, built in 1873. It is an important heritage asset for the town, located at the end of Victoria Road, near the Council’s Civic Centre and directly opposite Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

The building is privately owned. Plans to redevelop the building as a hotel have been in place for over a decade. The current investment proposal is for 36-bedroom boutique hotel with a bar-restaurant; and four other commercial units to situated at ground floor level. The proposal received planning consent in 2019.

The building was extensively damaged by fire in 2017. The cost will be high to restore the building in a way that preserves the building as a heritage asset and is in keeping with the quality of restoration needed for a Grade II listed building. It is estimated that this cost will be more than the owner's estimate of the commercial end-value of the hotel. This different between cost and value is know as the 'conservation deficit' and is often the reason that heritage buildings are not viable to restore and preserve.

The Town Deal investment will fund this conservation deficit to enable the project to proceed, while the owner will fund the majority of the costs.

Historic England, the public body that ensures our heritage environment is protected, have been consulted and recognise the importance of the project in helping to remove the Church Street Conservation Area from the national heritage at risk register.

The project will meet the identified demand for a high-end boutique style hotel which is required to serve the growing tourist and business communities as these sectors grow, whilst making the heart of Hartlepool town centre work better as a destination.

The Town Deal Board will ensure that the developer provides local procurement, employment and training opportunities that benefit the town as a whole.



The Wesley Chapel is a prominent Grade II-listed Victorian Methodist Chapel, built in 1873. It is an important heritage asset for the town, located at the end of Victoria Road, near the Council’s Civic Centre and directly opposite Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

The building is privately owned. Plans to redevelop the building as a hotel have been in place for over a decade. The current investment proposal is for 36-bedroom boutique hotel with a bar-restaurant; and four other commercial units to situated at ground floor level. The proposal received planning consent in 2019.

The building was extensively damaged by fire in 2017. The cost will be high to restore the building in a way that preserves the building as a heritage asset and is in keeping with the quality of restoration needed for a Grade II listed building. It is estimated that this cost will be more than the owner's estimate of the commercial end-value of the hotel. This different between cost and value is know as the 'conservation deficit' and is often the reason that heritage buildings are not viable to restore and preserve.

The Town Deal investment will fund this conservation deficit to enable the project to proceed, while the owner will fund the majority of the costs.

Historic England, the public body that ensures our heritage environment is protected, have been consulted and recognise the importance of the project in helping to remove the Church Street Conservation Area from the national heritage at risk register.

The project will meet the identified demand for a high-end boutique style hotel which is required to serve the growing tourist and business communities as these sectors grow, whilst making the heart of Hartlepool town centre work better as a destination.

The Town Deal Board will ensure that the developer provides local procurement, employment and training opportunities that benefit the town as a whole.



Wesley Chapel Hotel Redevelopment

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  • Share Will there be any references inside to the rich history of the building due to it being of such importance in the past. Examples being of when it was a chapel, nightclub and even references to the fires. on Facebook Share Will there be any references inside to the rich history of the building due to it being of such importance in the past. Examples being of when it was a chapel, nightclub and even references to the fires. on Twitter Share Will there be any references inside to the rich history of the building due to it being of such importance in the past. Examples being of when it was a chapel, nightclub and even references to the fires. on Linkedin Email Will there be any references inside to the rich history of the building due to it being of such importance in the past. Examples being of when it was a chapel, nightclub and even references to the fires. link

    Will there be any references inside to the rich history of the building due to it being of such importance in the past. Examples being of when it was a chapel, nightclub and even references to the fires.

    D asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for the question and the really valuable suggestion about ensuring the venue acknowledges the importance of its heritage, history and importance to the town. We are working very closely with Jomast on all aspects of the project and while they will be responsible for the interior fit out and appearance we will of course liaise with them to ensure that the buildings history is recognised as prominently as possible


  • Share with regards to one of your renovations builds now in the Hartlepool area The Wesley Chapel, I bring this offer of work to help in the work in progress, I understand you are presently contracted out for labourers and joins and decorators so I can still assist your company with installing some of the room furniture It has come to my attention over the previous few months that Jomast are presently renovating an old building 109 in the Hartlepool town centre are on Victoria road which used to be a church some time ago then a pub or nightclub for several years. This same old building while I briefly visited and spoke to one or two staff nearby is now being converted 36 rooms in total with a business included. Clearly there will be the some 36 en-suit rooms with some sort of furniture included which can include tables which I can make for you to stand 20 inches tall and with a worktop surface of 2x3 feet measurements all being hand made by myself in wood and stained for decoration. These tables if you wish to accept this offer can be made from today June the 4th 2024 and be ready for the future date you choose to state in your reply and for a price which can be decided upon shortly should you decide to accept this offer. Kind regards Neil. on Facebook Share with regards to one of your renovations builds now in the Hartlepool area The Wesley Chapel, I bring this offer of work to help in the work in progress, I understand you are presently contracted out for labourers and joins and decorators so I can still assist your company with installing some of the room furniture It has come to my attention over the previous few months that Jomast are presently renovating an old building 109 in the Hartlepool town centre are on Victoria road which used to be a church some time ago then a pub or nightclub for several years. This same old building while I briefly visited and spoke to one or two staff nearby is now being converted 36 rooms in total with a business included. Clearly there will be the some 36 en-suit rooms with some sort of furniture included which can include tables which I can make for you to stand 20 inches tall and with a worktop surface of 2x3 feet measurements all being hand made by myself in wood and stained for decoration. These tables if you wish to accept this offer can be made from today June the 4th 2024 and be ready for the future date you choose to state in your reply and for a price which can be decided upon shortly should you decide to accept this offer. Kind regards Neil. on Twitter Share with regards to one of your renovations builds now in the Hartlepool area The Wesley Chapel, I bring this offer of work to help in the work in progress, I understand you are presently contracted out for labourers and joins and decorators so I can still assist your company with installing some of the room furniture It has come to my attention over the previous few months that Jomast are presently renovating an old building 109 in the Hartlepool town centre are on Victoria road which used to be a church some time ago then a pub or nightclub for several years. This same old building while I briefly visited and spoke to one or two staff nearby is now being converted 36 rooms in total with a business included. Clearly there will be the some 36 en-suit rooms with some sort of furniture included which can include tables which I can make for you to stand 20 inches tall and with a worktop surface of 2x3 feet measurements all being hand made by myself in wood and stained for decoration. These tables if you wish to accept this offer can be made from today June the 4th 2024 and be ready for the future date you choose to state in your reply and for a price which can be decided upon shortly should you decide to accept this offer. Kind regards Neil. on Linkedin Email with regards to one of your renovations builds now in the Hartlepool area The Wesley Chapel, I bring this offer of work to help in the work in progress, I understand you are presently contracted out for labourers and joins and decorators so I can still assist your company with installing some of the room furniture It has come to my attention over the previous few months that Jomast are presently renovating an old building 109 in the Hartlepool town centre are on Victoria road which used to be a church some time ago then a pub or nightclub for several years. This same old building while I briefly visited and spoke to one or two staff nearby is now being converted 36 rooms in total with a business included. Clearly there will be the some 36 en-suit rooms with some sort of furniture included which can include tables which I can make for you to stand 20 inches tall and with a worktop surface of 2x3 feet measurements all being hand made by myself in wood and stained for decoration. These tables if you wish to accept this offer can be made from today June the 4th 2024 and be ready for the future date you choose to state in your reply and for a price which can be decided upon shortly should you decide to accept this offer. Kind regards Neil. link

    with regards to one of your renovations builds now in the Hartlepool area The Wesley Chapel, I bring this offer of work to help in the work in progress, I understand you are presently contracted out for labourers and joins and decorators so I can still assist your company with installing some of the room furniture It has come to my attention over the previous few months that Jomast are presently renovating an old building 109 in the Hartlepool town centre are on Victoria road which used to be a church some time ago then a pub or nightclub for several years. This same old building while I briefly visited and spoke to one or two staff nearby is now being converted 36 rooms in total with a business included. Clearly there will be the some 36 en-suit rooms with some sort of furniture included which can include tables which I can make for you to stand 20 inches tall and with a worktop surface of 2x3 feet measurements all being hand made by myself in wood and stained for decoration. These tables if you wish to accept this offer can be made from today June the 4th 2024 and be ready for the future date you choose to state in your reply and for a price which can be decided upon shortly should you decide to accept this offer. Kind regards Neil.

    Snoopy asked 11 days ago

    Thank you for your interest Neil. While the Council is supporting the development of the Wesley Chapel through Town Deal, as the developer and operator Jomast will be responsible for all internal furnishings and not the Council.


  • Share Do we really require more retail, commercial units? Half of Middleton Grange is already empty. on Facebook Share Do we really require more retail, commercial units? Half of Middleton Grange is already empty. on Twitter Share Do we really require more retail, commercial units? Half of Middleton Grange is already empty. on Linkedin Email Do we really require more retail, commercial units? Half of Middleton Grange is already empty. link

    Do we really require more retail, commercial units? Half of Middleton Grange is already empty.

    Cosmicguerilla asked 10 months ago

    Many thanks for your question regarding the Wesley Chapel. While there are vacant units in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, the commercial units developed will be of a very different offer, and the business case for the Wesley Chapel redevelopment is based on a number of viable elements including bars, restaurants, hospitality hire and event accommodation. This provides a very strong economic case to meet a demand that we know exists from the comprehensive market studies.

  • Share Will this bring work/employment to the town's people? Will Jomast be using local builders/suppliers etc. which will support our small businesses to keep afloat following the past few years of lockdown and their businesses struggling. We need to have some sort of agreement with Jomast whereby whatever work they do to the Chapel contributes towards employment and finances in the town on Facebook Share Will this bring work/employment to the town's people? Will Jomast be using local builders/suppliers etc. which will support our small businesses to keep afloat following the past few years of lockdown and their businesses struggling. We need to have some sort of agreement with Jomast whereby whatever work they do to the Chapel contributes towards employment and finances in the town on Twitter Share Will this bring work/employment to the town's people? Will Jomast be using local builders/suppliers etc. which will support our small businesses to keep afloat following the past few years of lockdown and their businesses struggling. We need to have some sort of agreement with Jomast whereby whatever work they do to the Chapel contributes towards employment and finances in the town on Linkedin Email Will this bring work/employment to the town's people? Will Jomast be using local builders/suppliers etc. which will support our small businesses to keep afloat following the past few years of lockdown and their businesses struggling. We need to have some sort of agreement with Jomast whereby whatever work they do to the Chapel contributes towards employment and finances in the town link

    Will this bring work/employment to the town's people? Will Jomast be using local builders/suppliers etc. which will support our small businesses to keep afloat following the past few years of lockdown and their businesses struggling. We need to have some sort of agreement with Jomast whereby whatever work they do to the Chapel contributes towards employment and finances in the town

    Jayne asked over 1 year ago

    Hi, thank you for the question, and yes there are some huge benefits to this partnership project. Firstly, at operation there will be 55 full time employees which is a huge boost for the town. Secondly, we are working with Jomast Developments who have committed a Procurement and Employment Management Plan which includes preference to local residents for any new direct employment opportunities, proactive recruitment locally, creating new apprenticeships for local people and ensuring support for local SME’s to have the opportunity to quote for all aspects of the build through to completion.

  • Share When are they actually going to start work on this eyesore? on Facebook Share When are they actually going to start work on this eyesore? on Twitter Share When are they actually going to start work on this eyesore? on Linkedin Email When are they actually going to start work on this eyesore? link

    When are they actually going to start work on this eyesore?

    LJH asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for the question, the complex project now has now been approved to progress by the government's Dept. For Levelling Up Communities and Housing (who are externally funding the conservation deficit element of the scheme), and early works will begin imminently. 

  • Share Surly the only way to guarantee the future of this important building is for the council to buy out Jomast (who I doubt will open the hotel once the restoration work is completed) and make it a mixed use community asset, wedding venue, function room, exhibition space, or even due to its location near the colleges use part of it as the town library and get rid of that eyesore on York Road. The square out the front needs completely revamping as well its uninviting and blocks the beautiful frontage of the chapel on Facebook Share Surly the only way to guarantee the future of this important building is for the council to buy out Jomast (who I doubt will open the hotel once the restoration work is completed) and make it a mixed use community asset, wedding venue, function room, exhibition space, or even due to its location near the colleges use part of it as the town library and get rid of that eyesore on York Road. The square out the front needs completely revamping as well its uninviting and blocks the beautiful frontage of the chapel on Twitter Share Surly the only way to guarantee the future of this important building is for the council to buy out Jomast (who I doubt will open the hotel once the restoration work is completed) and make it a mixed use community asset, wedding venue, function room, exhibition space, or even due to its location near the colleges use part of it as the town library and get rid of that eyesore on York Road. The square out the front needs completely revamping as well its uninviting and blocks the beautiful frontage of the chapel on Linkedin Email Surly the only way to guarantee the future of this important building is for the council to buy out Jomast (who I doubt will open the hotel once the restoration work is completed) and make it a mixed use community asset, wedding venue, function room, exhibition space, or even due to its location near the colleges use part of it as the town library and get rid of that eyesore on York Road. The square out the front needs completely revamping as well its uninviting and blocks the beautiful frontage of the chapel link

    Surly the only way to guarantee the future of this important building is for the council to buy out Jomast (who I doubt will open the hotel once the restoration work is completed) and make it a mixed use community asset, wedding venue, function room, exhibition space, or even due to its location near the colleges use part of it as the town library and get rid of that eyesore on York Road. The square out the front needs completely revamping as well its uninviting and blocks the beautiful frontage of the chapel

    Rob asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comments, the business case approved by the Council's Finance and Policy Committee, demonstrates that joint investment between the buildings owners and external Town Deal grant funding is the most appropriate model to ensure that this heritage asset is brought back into use, with a significant benefit cost ratio to the town. We look forward to sharing the images of the proposed redevelopment, which we agree, will bring the stunning frontage of the building back into prominence.

  • Share Can you post representations made by Jomast on this redevelopment since the initial planning application? on Facebook Share Can you post representations made by Jomast on this redevelopment since the initial planning application? on Twitter Share Can you post representations made by Jomast on this redevelopment since the initial planning application? on Linkedin Email Can you post representations made by Jomast on this redevelopment since the initial planning application? link

    Can you post representations made by Jomast on this redevelopment since the initial planning application?

    Christopher.Walker asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for the question, any representations relating to the planning application can be found on the Council's planning portal against the application reference, by searching here https://www.hartlepool.gov.uk/info/20222/planning/380/search_for_a_pla 


  • Share Why are you still banging on about this. Ask Jomast to sort this out - I see no reason why my Council tax should support private enterprise. Get a bloody grip. on Facebook Share Why are you still banging on about this. Ask Jomast to sort this out - I see no reason why my Council tax should support private enterprise. Get a bloody grip. on Twitter Share Why are you still banging on about this. Ask Jomast to sort this out - I see no reason why my Council tax should support private enterprise. Get a bloody grip. on Linkedin Email Why are you still banging on about this. Ask Jomast to sort this out - I see no reason why my Council tax should support private enterprise. Get a bloody grip. link

    Why are you still banging on about this. Ask Jomast to sort this out - I see no reason why my Council tax should support private enterprise. Get a bloody grip.

    Vark asked over 2 years ago

    The Council is working in partnership with the owners to ensure this heritage asset is brought back into use. The owners are funding the redevelopment while the Council has secured external funding via the Towns Deal to fund the conservation deficit on the property, more information on which can be found in responses to previous questions, and not using council tax.

  • Share Will the council and the people of Hartlepool receive any financial benefit from this scheme? If the council don’t receive a share of future profits from this scheme, I cannot see the point of it. on Facebook Share Will the council and the people of Hartlepool receive any financial benefit from this scheme? If the council don’t receive a share of future profits from this scheme, I cannot see the point of it. on Twitter Share Will the council and the people of Hartlepool receive any financial benefit from this scheme? If the council don’t receive a share of future profits from this scheme, I cannot see the point of it. on Linkedin Email Will the council and the people of Hartlepool receive any financial benefit from this scheme? If the council don’t receive a share of future profits from this scheme, I cannot see the point of it. link

    Will the council and the people of Hartlepool receive any financial benefit from this scheme? If the council don’t receive a share of future profits from this scheme, I cannot see the point of it.

    Charlotte1000 asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for the question, please see earlier responses including those on 10 September which respond in detail on why the Council is using external funding to fund the conservation deficit on the building to enable the project to proceed and save the heritage asset, while the owner will funds the majority of the costs.

  • Share The chapel is owned by a multi millionaire, why has it been allowed to be left as an eyesore for over FOUR YEARS? Why doesn't the current owner pay for the repairs? on Facebook Share The chapel is owned by a multi millionaire, why has it been allowed to be left as an eyesore for over FOUR YEARS? Why doesn't the current owner pay for the repairs? on Twitter Share The chapel is owned by a multi millionaire, why has it been allowed to be left as an eyesore for over FOUR YEARS? Why doesn't the current owner pay for the repairs? on Linkedin Email The chapel is owned by a multi millionaire, why has it been allowed to be left as an eyesore for over FOUR YEARS? Why doesn't the current owner pay for the repairs? link

    The chapel is owned by a multi millionaire, why has it been allowed to be left as an eyesore for over FOUR YEARS? Why doesn't the current owner pay for the repairs?

    David Rafferty asked over 2 years ago

    Hi David, this type of question has been asked previously, and information provided in relation to conservation deficit, thanks

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