Club facing closure over hotel expansion plan

By Mark Elson in Local People

A TOP Forest nightspot could close its doors if plans are approved to turn it into 10 ensuite hotel bedrooms.

The owners of the 17th Century Angel Hotel overlooking Coleford’s town square want to expand into the adjoining old stable block which houses Magnums night club.

Applicants the C&D Partnership say there has been little investment in the nightspot over the last decade and: “The existing use as a nightclub, has, for some time, been unviable.

“The nightclub is licenced for 500 guests, but figures in recent years have dropped substantially and 40 to 50 guests is typically the highest figures that can be achieved.

“The costs of maintaining the building, heating, lighting and cleaning, as well as staffing the nightclub given the limited income that the nightclub generates, makes the current use unviable."

Magnums was created in the old stables of the 350-year-old Grade II listed hotel and has been the premier nightspot in Coleford since the early 1980s.

The owners say a large hotel will create jobs, boost tourism and provide the best way of safeguarding one of the Forest’s most well-known historic buildings.

The plans, due to be discussed by Coleford Town Council tonight, will involve ripping out the old bar and reinstalling windows at the side and back of the building which were bricked up when it became a club.

The courtyard will become walled gardens for three of the rooms and the applicants argue that the conversion will not harm the town’s heritage because many of the changes will be reversible and the removal of modern paraphernalia will be beneficial.

The Angel was once Coleford’s main coaching inn and used for public meetings and assemblies, an excise office and magistrates court.

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