Plans to turn a former residential care home in Longwell Green into three homes and build another five in the grounds have just been approved by South Gloucestershire Council.
The outline proposals by Banff Securities Limited are for listed Harefield Hall on Bath Road which was originally built as a large Victorian country house.
The planning application lodged last year said that the proposed development offers the opportunity to “safeguard” the property which had been vacant for more than three years since the care home business ceased trading. Prior to that it accommodated up to 21 elderly residents.
The report said: “The applicants have already had to invest considerable sums into the Hall to maintain its state of repair but being unoccupied it will doubtless deteriorate over time if left empty … There is therefore some urgency to find a viable use for the building which has precipitated this application. If supported, the re-introduction of domestic occupation of the building will safeguard the Hall for generations to come.”
The five new-builds will be positioned in the north-eastern corner of the site behind Harefield Hall and next to Harefield Lodge.
The access on to Bath Road will be widened as part of the development.
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