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Victorian Derby villa could become a residential care home

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A former doctor’s surgery in Derby city centre, which had previously been giving planning permission to be a house of multiple occupation with 18 rooms, is now looking to become a residential care of home. Alterations have already been made to the house in Leopold Street but now the owners are looking for permission to change the proposed use.

The application has been made by New Spring Lodge Ltd, based in London Road, where it also owns a similar care home. The design and access statement explains that the site was never brought into use as an 18-bedroom house as originally planned.

The house is on the Derby list of local non-designated heritage assets with the following entry: ” A large buff brick three storey neo-gothic villa, designed by George Henry Sheffield and built in 1871 for Alderman Robert Russell, Mayor of Derby. Ogee lintels, steeply pitched slate roofs, and overhanging eaves with timber brackets. The architect actually rented the finished house from Alderman Russell and lived there between 1872-1882.”

The statement says that the 18 rooms of the care home will be provided over three storeys and no demolition or extension works are planned. The application includes the removal of a silver birch tree on the site, protected by a tree preservation order, because it is causing “causing damage to the exiting drainage channels and level surfaces. The removal of this tree is proposed to enable the rectification of damage that has already been caused and prevention of any future damage. In compensation for the loss of this tree, the applicant will plant a number of two new silver birch trees lose to the site boundary, further from the existing building.”

It adds: “The impact on the heritage asset is positive as it will bring an underused and dilapidated building back into active use. This will resolve the issue of neglect through being vacant to a number of floors and will ensure the ongoing maintenance and upkeep.”

The care home would employ five staff during the day and two overnight. There are six parking spaces but the applicant says that only two will be for staff.

The application will be decided in the next eight to 12 weeks. Any objections could mean it would go to planning control committee and take longer to decide.

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