Alverton plans for expansion

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1924

Life could be breathed back into an historic old building in the heart of Truro, as directors behind a city hotel apply for planning permission.

Directors of the Alverton Hotel are submitting planning permission to convert a Grade II-listed former stable block and chapel in the grounds into 17 bedrooms.

If granted planning permission, it is believed it would make the Alverton Truro’s largest hotel, and boost much needed hotel bed stock in the city.

Alverton director Simon Williams (l) and general manager Paul Ricketts look at the plans for St Michaels
Alverton director Simon Williams (l) and general manager Paul Ricketts look at the plans for St Michaels

The building itself, known as St Michael’s, has been unused since 1985, when the Alverton was a convent and the stable block used as a washhouse as well as accommodation.

Alverton director Roger French said: “It’s a part of the grounds that has been rather unloved, and we want to sensitively bring it back to life and celebrate its history.

“No building has a secure future without a viable use, and now we look forward to the challenge of adapting St Michael’s once again to provide the building with a strong future as part of the hotel.

“Our plans are to convert it into contemporary hotel accommodation with a meeting area and potential breakfast room, which will increase our number of bedrooms by almost half.”

Fellow director, Simon Williams, added: “We’ve been investing in the hotel, its building and grounds since we took over in 2012. Applying to convert St Michael’s is the next step in that investment.

“Truro is raising its standards as a tourism destination all the time, and we see the Alverton playing an important part in this as well as in business development.”

The planning application is due to be submitted to Cornwall Council’s planning department later this month. The plans will also go on display at the hotel.