Plans have been submitted to partially demolish the Bridge House Hotel at Catterick Bridge ahead of the redevelopment of the historic building.
A planning application has been submitted to demolish part of the hotel to the rear of the site, which the applicants say would improve access to the main building to enable its repair.
They add that a further application for the redevelopment is being drawn up.
The building was auctioned off in October for £150,000, just 18 months after being sold for £240,000.
The former 15-bedroom pub, restaurant and hotel was badly damaged by fire in February 2014 and restoration work has never taken place.
It has also been vandalised internally by trespassers.
The new plans would see a single storey building at the rear of the main building, formerly the hotel kitchen, be knocked down.
A garage, lean-to and metal staircase would also be demolished.
Agents CLB Heritage say this part of the building dates from the mid-20th century and by knocking it down it would better reveal the rear elevations of the 18th and 19th century sections of the listed building and allow.
They add that this would “enable ease of access to the principal building to enable its repair and conservation in association with a later application for redevelopment,
which is currently being prepared”.
No details of the future use of the building have been revealed on the planning application.
CLB Heritage say they are working on behalf of Benira Ltd, a company owned by local businessman Ben Wilkinson.
The Bridge House Hotel was built in the 17th century as a coaching inn on the Great North Road and at a key crossing point of the River Swale.
The crossing point has been a strategic route since around AD80 when a Roman fort was constructed to guard the crossing of the Roman Dere Street
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