Care village plans for Par­bold con­vent

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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.

Artist’s im­pres­sion of the planned care village in Par­bold

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