Luxury hotel plan for historic castle wins official support

THIRTEENTH Century Caverswall Castle is on the brink of being transformed into a luxury hotel.

District planning officials have recommended the scheme be approved subject to strict conditions and a Section 108 agreement

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council members will make their decision this week.

Thursday’s planning committee meeting will be told the authority has received 364 letters of support from surrounding villages.

However, the application has also received 12 objections from Caverswall residents expressing concern about increased traffic and noise.

Castle owner Robin MacDonald wants to convert the Grade One-listed building into up-market hotel accommodation, as well a venue for business conferences and a film location.

The three-turreted castle stands in 20 acres of land on the fringe of the village.

It boasts no fewer than 18 bedrooms, nine reception rooms, 13 bathrooms, a library, billiard room and an historic dungeon.

Mr MacDonald has been involved in a long-running  battle with district council planners since purchasing the castle for £1.7 million in 2006.

Earlier this year Mr MacDonald put the castle on the market with an asking price of £5 million.