A historic hotel in Newark, Nottinghamshire, once the town's premier hostelry, is about to get a new lease of life.
The 37-bedroom Robin Hood hotel, which has been closed for nearly two years and plagued by vandals, is to be restored by owner Abraham Holdings, with an extension added to increase the number of bedrooms to 85.
District council conservation officer Stuart Squires and Roy Noble, president of the Newark Area Chamber of Commerce, have welcomed the plans for the Grade II-listed building.
If the redevelopment goes ahead, it will mark a change in the declining fortunes of the hotel, which had seven owners from 1986 to its closure in mid-1998.
More than £6,000 is being spent on boarding up the hotel to prevent further damage from vandals. Last month police were called after it was found that someone had broken in and left all the fire doors open.
Earlier this year police were investigating a break-in and spotted a trip wire just in time to stop fire extinguishers and boxes of cleaning materials crashing down on them.