Care village plans for Parbold convent
AHISTORIC West Lancashire convent could become part of a care village development.
Lancaster House, in Lancaster Lane, Parbold, is the subject of a planning application put forward to West Lancashire Borough Council.
The plan, submitted by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur UK, involves building a care village for retired people in the area which will consist of 71 flats.
Residents will have their own front door to self-contained flats and access to a whole range of community facilities, with assisted living services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Some of the community facilities will include treatment rooms, hairdressing salon, rehabilitation gym, lounge, library, hobbies room and guest accommodation for visiting family and friends.
As part of the development it has been proposed that the newer extensions of Lancaster House, which was once home to a convent, should be demolished.
The 18th century Victorian house has a large extension to the west which was used as the convent’s nursing wing, and there is a 19th century stable block to the north of the house.
In the report, it states: “The site development plans are to demolish most of the 1980s nursing wing and late 20th century outhouses.
“Following the proposed demolition of most of the 1980s development, the proposed care village buildings and associated landscape will enhance the setting of the main 18th century house and coach house.”
To the rear of Lancaster house a new entrance is proposed to provide links to the community facilities and the new development of apartments, via a single storey glass link.
The developer is hoping to form a two to three-storey building made up of 71 apartments, enclosing a landscaped courtyard on the northern part of the site.
There are set to be 52 twobedroom flats, and 19 onebedroom flats.
Despite demolishing some of the historical building, the proposals claim that the work “will not result in substantial harm or total loss of significance, rather they will seek to improve and enhance the site including the surrounding area.”
To ensure intact preservation and appropriate reuse, some communal facilities will be provided within the historic buildings, and the upper floors will become additional apartments.
The retained cottages and coach house of the building will also be converted back to residential accommodation.
The proposals are set to be considered by West Lancashire borough council’s planning committee.