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Appeal: ‘Critical need’ to provide housing for elderly people outweighs conservation area harm

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An inspector has allowed plans to convert a disused Victorian hotel into 24 assisted living apartments in the New Forest after ruling that the ‘critical need’ to provide housing for older people in the area outweighed harm to the building and its setting.

The building, a substantial hotel set in “unusually generous” grounds, originated in the Victorian era but was significantly extended throughout the 20th century. It lies within the Brockenhurst Conservation Area, and is a designated heritage asset.

The scheme was initially dismissed by the New Forest National Park Authority on the grounds that it would harm the character and .....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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