The development of the Bretton Hall hotel next to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park affected by delays


Rushbond, owners of Leeds’ Corn Exchange and the hotel company Artfarm, participated in the proposals, which would hopefully strengthen the sculpture park as a tourist attraction.

But the Wakefield council acknowledged that the program was significantly behind schedule due to the pandemic.

The famous building, once used to house student teachers, has been empty since 2007.

A Cabinet document on the project was presented to senior advisers last week, but the document was deemed commercially sensitive and therefore was not made public.

But the authority’s cabinet member responsible for the regeneration suggested on Tuesday that the hotel would still end up being built because the developers are working with “the same plans as before.”

Asked about the matter during the council’s Facebook question-and-answer session, Councilor Darren Byford said more information would be released soon.

He said: “Covid has caused massive delays in projects over the past 15 to 16 months.

Councilor Darren Byford said “up to date” plans would be released in the coming weeks.

“Bretton Hall is one of those projects that suffered because of the delays in being able to have meaningful conversations with the developers, and because the developers were unable to present the plans within the timeframe that we wanted.

“Things are going to happen again.”

Bretton College opened in the hall in 1949 and for decades has offered teacher training as well as art and design, music and performance classes.

In 2001 it merged with the University of Leeds, of which it was a part for six years until it closed in 2007.

Other neighboring buildings around the future hotel have since been demolished.

Coun Byford added: “Over the next few weeks we will be releasing plans up to date with what we are planning for this site, working with existing developers and working with the same plans we had before, just with a new schedule. .

“So all I can say is watch this space.”

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