Plans to alter and extend a number of historic buildings in Petworth for use as a hotel have been approved by Chichester District Council.
The overall concept, which was given the go-ahead by the planning committee on 3rd November 2021, is to sensitively integrate a number of significant Listed properties at the heart of Petworth. The Angel Inn, Wedgewood House, Ryde House, Augustus Brandt Editions shop and the Garage, in Angel Street, will be brought together to create a much-needed hotel that will benefit local businesses and allow increased numbers of visitors to enjoy the South Downs National Park, the local architecture and surrounding amenities.
The Angel Inn, a Grade II Listed building, will continue to be used as a hotel, bar, and restaurant; while Wedgewood House and Ryde House, both Grade II listed, and Augustus Brandt Editions shop and the Garage will all be amalgamated to form a separate part of the hotel, set up to celebrate the beautiful town house character and restored to their former glory.
The new design has been carefully considered to respect the historic character of the different buildings which will be retained during the alteration works. Where possible, the opportunity will be taken to enhance their appearance and historic appreciation of the buildings, which will have a positive impact on the local environment.
Parking in historic centres is always an issue but this scheme has improved the current situation utilising innovative interventions and sensitive adaption to the historic fabric.
Commenting on the planning permission, ADAM Architecture Director Robbie Kerr said; “These proposals present an opportunity to give Petworth a much-needed hotel at the heart of the town. It will have far-reaching economic and employment benefits, promoting the town more widely as a destination for a range of visitors and demographics. The proposals restore these fine buildings, provide a viable use that respects and enhances the historic characteristics.”