Grade II listed mill to become care home

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Planning permission has been recommended for approval by Mansfield Council for a 50 bed care home on Hermitage Lane, Mansfield.

Hermitage Mill is to be converted and an extension is to be built for the 50 bed care home. 32 new built assisted living apartments with ancillary retail and social facilities are to be built also.

The mill was built with a number of other textile mills along the river Maun in 1780. The original structure was constructed from local sandstone and is arranged over lower ground, ground, first, second floors and attic level.

By the 1870’s the mill was extended with a southern brick extension and a flat roof extension. The mill was occupied as a builder’s merchants from the 1950’s until 2008, and has been vacant since and has been subject to trespassing, vandalism and deterioration.

A document release ahead of the final planning meeting states: “It is proposed to extend, repair and refurbish the building to facilitate the conversion to a care home. The proposed extension would be of a contemporary design that would be made up of three elements: a glazed link to provide separation between the mill and the extension, the lift and staircase housing that would be finished with a monocouche render in grey, the main extension which has a glazed western elevation, ivory monocouche render to the side elevations above a brick plinth. The roof of the extension would be hipped and finished grey.”

A statement from the council reads: “Given the character and location of the site within a predominantly commercial area, the principle of residential care home development on the site would not normally be considered acceptable.

“However, in this instance it has been demonstrated that residential care facility development is the only viable use to enable the refurbishment and reuse of an ‘At-Risk’ Grade II Listed Building.”

Aspbury Planning submitted the plans on behalf of Germane Properties.