Plan to convert failed Plymouth care home into flats
A FORMER care home that closed due to a shortage of cash could be coverted into eight self-contained flats.
Seaton Lodge Residential Home in Mutley shut its doors in September 2011 after 12 years caring for elderly people.
Now a developer has submitted an application to turn the three-storey Victorian building into a set of flats.
The site was established as a 17-bedroom care home in 1982, when two houses within a terrace in Seaton Avenue were connected.
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The home closed in September 2011 when it became clear it was no longer economically viable, with owner Geoffrey Briddick telling The Herald he was "devastated".
The new facility would contain four one-bedroom flats and four two-bedroom flats over three floors.
Last year an application to convert the building into two student houses was refused by Plymouth City Council, and an appeal against the decision was dismissed.
Councillor Richard Ball, member for Compton, said: "The residents of Seaton Avenue are not entirely delighted but resigned to the fact that flats, given their degree of occupation permanency, are an improvement on student rooms.
"Obviously most residents of the Mutley and Mannamead area would prefer these classic Victorian homes to be used as family accommodation, which they were originally designed for, but over many years developers have acquired them and utilised them to meet a very high demand and maximise the return on capital."
He added: "I would not dispute that in the 1960s and '70s there was a desperate need for accommodation for single people in Plymouth, but that will fall off dramatically as the university and city continue their drive to provide good quality, well managed accommodation.
"The Compton councillors will support residents who object to unsuitable developments and we will try to be as informative as possible as to when and where such developments are proposed."
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