By Julie Armstrong, Local Democracy Reporter, 24 May 2021
More than 50 apartments will be purpose-built in Banstead allowing older people to live independently.
Reigate and Banstead planning committee has granted consent to convert the Georgian Banstead Place on Park Road into 11 assisted living apartments.
The lodge and stables are also to be converted, and modern extensions will be demolished and replaced with new buildings, allowing for a further 43 extra care apartments.
Banstead Village ward councillor Sam Walsh said: “Care homes built across the north of the borough have usually been ill-considered and a blot on the landscape and a scourge to the local residents.
“This one is not those, it has actually been carefully considered and I’m really supportive of it.
“Quite surprisingly they’ve actually looked at the thing properly and considered car parking, bearing in mind it’s three-quarters of a mile outside Banstead village, which is considered remote for an 82-year-old to walk to the pub.”
The applicant Birchgrove (Banstead) LLP’s plans, which include 51 car parking spaces, were unanimously approved.
The 18th century building is grade II* listed, meaning Historic England lists it as a particularly important building of more than special interest.
It was previously used for specialist rehabilitation for young adults following brain injuries. The national disability charity Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation has relocated to Leatherhead.