We are delighted to announce that we have secured consent from Craven District Council’s Planning Committee for the conversion of listed building Malsis Hall to a new care facility, together with 67 new residential dwellings.
Working on behalf of Seddon Developments and the Health and Social Care Partnerships, Rural Solutions worked on this application for almost two years taking the development from initial concept right through to the approval of planning and listed building consent.
Our detailed input involved engagement with the Parish Council, local Councillors, the community and local sports clubs who will use the seven new football pitches to be created on the site. A public consultation event was held at the hall last year and a Masterplan produced by Rural Solutions architecture team to convince the Council of the benefits of the proposed development and convincing them to allocate the site for the proposed development in its emerging Local Plan.
Rural Solutions’ involvement in the site pre-dated this project and for the previous owners of the site, the former Malsis School. Rural Solutions originally secured planning consent for around 45 new homes which the school had hoped would secure its future, however, before this planning consent could be implemented the school went into administration in December 2014. The building stood empty for a year before it was purchased in 2015, with Rural Solutions planning and architecture teams guiding the planning process and the sensitive planning of new housing in the grounds and new sports grounds to replace those formerly used by the school, to lead to the recent approval.
James Ellis, Associate Director at Rural Solutions said ‘It is pleasing that the long-term future for this deteriorating listed building complex has been secured with the grant of planning. The unanimous approval of the Planning Committee reflected the incredible amount of work put into these proposals by all concerned and it was pleasing to have secured the support of the Parish Council and Ward Councillors for development. Whilst strong objections were received from Historic England and other heritage professionals to new housing in the grounds, the approval reflects a carefully constructed economic, social and environmental benefits case which weighed heavily in favour of development. Working closely with other professionals we were able to prove that the development would only be viable with not only the number of affordable housing proposed but also a reduction in the affordable housing requirement on this site from 40% to 16%.’
The plans for Malsis will deliver many benefits including: full restoration of the listed Malsis Hall and its gate lodge, the significant extension of the property, the creation of a specialist care facility for those who have suffered trauma as well as an associated 114 FTE jobs, the creation of seven new community sports pitches to be used by local teams Sutton Juniors and Cross Hills Cosmos, a new play area and 67 new homes of which 11 will be classed ‘affordable’.
Works on the restoration of the listed building will take commence in January 2018.