January 6, 2011 5.09 pm This story is over 158 months old

Hotel revamp for abandoned church

New life: An abandoned church is looking to become a new small hotel for visitors of Lincoln.

Proposals have been submitted to transform a disused church into a small hotel.

St Michael on the Mount, off Steep Hill, could become a 13-bedroom hotel, without the need to knock down the original building.

In previous years proposals were turned down to convert the building into flats.

The building was made redundant for church use in 1998, and has since gone unused.

The new development would use the Ecclesiastical Grade II building not just as a hotel, but for entertaining too, with a lounge, snug and function room.

The inside would be totally transformed, with the addition of two new floors. Certain items such as monuments, windows, and statues would be retained.

If completed, the hotel would be accessible 24/7, with a night porter service for those reaching the hotel late.

Although the outside of the building will also be retained, the roof will be improved to become a conservation roof.

More greenery would be added to the area as well as improved fencing and new driveway with six gravel parking spaces. Trees should remain in place.

It is not known what will happen to the old gravestones scattered around the building, or how many jobs the revamp will create.

The application will go through consultation before it is put forward to the City of Lincoln Council Planning Committee later this year.

Photo: Philip Wright