ONE of Hexham’s most prominent buildings is back on the market.

Less than four months after planning approval was granted to transform the historic building into 18 new homes, Prospect House is up for sale through town-based estate agents Andrew Coulson Property Sales.

The Grade II listed, former Hexham Rural District Council building, which sits within the Hexham Conservation Area, was sold by Northumberland County Council in August 2016 for a cut price £460,000, but it wasn’t until this July that planning and development company Lichfield received planning approval from Tynedale Local Area Council.

In recent weeks, a ‘For Sale’ sign has returned to the Hallgate building’s exterior, and the property is listed as a £900,000 residential development with Andrew Coulson.

A description on the agents’ website said: “Prospect House is situated in Hexham town centre and comprises part-Grade II listed buildings arranged over three floors, with planning permission granted to create 18 new homes with private parking.”

As terms of the planning application, it was agreed nine one-bedroomed and seven two-bedroomed apartments, and two two-bedroomed cottages, could be developed on the site.

The planning also included the demolition of a rear single-storey extension and 20 car parking spaces to the rear.