A FLINTSHIRE hotel could be set to house 400 asylum seekers under new proposals.

A pre-application consultation has been launched regarding plans to turn the Northop Country House Hotel into emergency accommodation for asylum seekers. 

The 37-bedroom hotel in Northop Hall, previously known as The Chequers, has been closed for the last couple of years.

The new owner of the hotel, Payman 3 Holdings Ltd, intends to apply for the use of the hotel and installation of modular accommodation for a temporary period of up to seven years.

The scheme would provide Initial Accommodation for approximately 400 single adult men under The Asylum Accommodation and Support Contracts operated by Clearsprings Ready Homes (CRH) - the Home Office appointed operator in Wales.


Approximately 250 people would be accommodated in the modular temporary units which would be removed from site at the end of the period. Some 150 would be accommodated within the existing building. Use of the site as a hotel would resume at the end of the temporary permission.  

Northop Hall is home to roughly 1,500 people - meaning its population could rise by over a quarter. 

Clearsprings Ready Homes would deliver people in coaches, minibuses and dedicated vehicles. 

A design access statement alongside the consultation states: "Integral to the submission and recognising the limited number of immediate local facilities, CRH would provide shuttles for service users to access places of worship, recreation, education (if required), shopping etc."

Payman 3 Holdings Ltd has launched a pre-application consultation, and is inviting people to share their views by emailing info@northopia.co.uk.