Unfinished Windrush Heights hotel on market again

The Windrush Heights Hotel in 2007
Image caption This picture, taken in 2007, showed the site abandoned mid-build

The derelict site of an unfinished hotel complex alongside the A40 in Gloucestershire is up for sale again.

Work started in 2001 on the 46-bedroom Windrush Heights, near Northleach, although it is not clear why the hotel was never finished.

The three-acre plot was put up for auction in 2009 but failed to reach its guide price of £800,000.

The site, along with planning for a hotel, restaurant, filling station and store is being offered for £1.25m.

Chartered surveyor Martin Dare, who is handling the sale, said that even before the marketing details had been published there had been "a lot of interest" in the site.

"The site has already had a lot of money spent on it and it's possible it could be used for houses or sheltered accomodation.

"There's a lot of scope available for potential developers," he added.

'In limbo'

The hotel was built on the site of the Windrush Cafe, a popular stop for truckers and motorists travelling between London and south Wales before the M4 opened.

Cotswold District Council said the work had started in 2001 but the site had been "abandoned" since 2005.

A spokesman described the situation regarding the site as "complicated" because the building work - originally agreed by planners - had already started.

"The site is effectively in limbo at the moment. Compulsory purchase of the site is not an option given that the council is trying to save money at the moment.

"However the site has very limited potential for any change of use," he added.

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