The property is now vacant but was previously utilised as an elderly care facility, classified as being in Class C2 use. The property is currently laid out to provide 21 residential care rooms, 12 bed-sit flats, 1 large single flat and 1 guest suite, along with associated communal facilities.
Pilgrim's House fronts Egremont Place and the existing buildings have been extended and linked over time to provide a single interlinked structure. The oldest parts of the building date back to the 19th century and are flint and yellow stock brick construction, being two storeys in height (one with basement).
A pre-application was submitted for a change of use of the existing property from C2 use to C3 use, with the provision of 24 flats split between the conversion of the northern two houses and the redevelopment of the southern part of the site.
No detailed layout plans have been prepared, as the intention is that this pre-application enquiry simply explores the principle of the change of use and partial redevelopment. Prospective purchasers can then use this feedback to guide the refinement of their detailed proposals for further discussion with BHCC.
The site has received a positive pre-application response, which is summarised as follows:
- Support of the principle of residential development on the site, including the conversion (and possible extension) of the period properties, and the new build in lieu of the 1970’s annexe.
- They require further proof that the existing building is incapable of meeting contemporary standards for ongoing care provision (scale - i.e. minimum no of beds, internal and external accessibility/circulation etc.) to tick their policy requirement over the loss of such facilities.
- They resist the loss of the third period house closest to the 1970’s annexe, due to the contribution these properties make to the conservation area.
It is assumed that the proposed development would subject to a S106 agreement and a degree of affordable housing.
BHCC are due to adopt Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in October 2020. The proposed CIL charge for this site (Zone 2) is at a rate of £150 per sqm.