Flats plan for abandoned Grimsby care home
Plans to convert crime-plagued Eleanor House into flats have been approved by planners (Image: Copyright unknown)
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 11 Dec 2018
An abandoned care home that once harboured a £300,000 cannabis farm is set to be transformed into flats.
Eleanor House, on Eleanor Street, has been plagued by criminal activity since it closed following an "inadequate" rating by NHS inspectors three years ago.
Two men were jailed after police uncovered 596 cannabis plants growing inside the historic building back in January.
Now a plan to divide it into eight one-bedroom flats and a separate studio flat has been approved by council planners.
The rescue scheme, drawn up by Hodson Architects, shows how the vacant building, on our Stop The Rotwatchlist, will be "sympathetically" restored.
Boarded-up Eleanor House is at risk from arson and vandalism (Image: Copyright unknown)
The application states: "The vacant site currently has a detrimental effect on the street scene and has recently attracted criminal activity.
"Development in this area will improve the appearance of the road and conservation area.
"The proposal is a sympathetic scheme that maximises the potential of an otherwise vacant building.
"There are minimal changes to the appearance of the building and any alterations only enhance its character.
"The building will be fully preserved and there will be no detrimental effect to the building itself or its surrounding context."
A floorplan showing how Eleanor House could be divided up into eight flats (Image: Copyright unknown)
The main building will be divided into eight one-bedroom flats over two floors, while a smaller outbuilding will be converted into a studio flat.
The application states: "All flats have their own identifiable front door externally or along generous circulation corridors which run through the centre of the building.
"The internal configuration of the large building remains almost unaltered and has been designed to minimise changes to the existing room layouts and elevations.
"There is minimal work proposed to the external fabric to preserve the existing quality of the locally listed asset.
"This sympathetic approach will retain all existing features while creating comfortable domestic living spaces within."
Eleanor House was originally built in the early 20th century as a vicarage.
It was later extended and used as a residential care home until it suddenly closed in 2015 after NHSinspectors branded it "inadequate".
The now vacant locally-listed building is situated on the north side of Eleanor Street on the corner with Heneage Road.
It sits near to a string of other at-risk heritage buildings: The College of Art and Design, built as a school in 1894, Education Offices, built 1900-01, and Farnhurst, a private house then care home built 1893.