PLANNING bosses will consider whether to allow a derelict country house estate to be converted into a “care village”.
Pool Park, near Ruthin, has been the site of a convalescent home for soldiers, a prisoner of war camp and a psychiatric hospital.
Closed off since 1992, a controversial application is being considered today to develop the site into a complex, including 29 new apartments and 33 houses.
But the application, if successful, could save Pool Park House, a Grade II listed building on Denbighshire Council’s “at risk” register.
Applicants Roberts Homes Ltd want to covert the main house, which dates back to 1862, into a 38 bedroom nursing home.
A former boilerhouse and chapel would be demolished but outbuildings such as a vegetable store, gardeners’ bothy and a stable block would be converted into dwellings.
New services such as nursing and medical support, laundry, a library, hairdressing and a minibus service are also proposed.
Together the various linked developments would create a “care village”.
A report to Denbighshire Council’s planning committee says: “The concept is to provide an opportunity for more elderly people to live in a community where purpose-built accommodation and support services are provided... to enable them to live in a secure and enjoyable environment avoiding some of the problems that can arise in existing residential areas from isolation and an increased inability to care for both themselves and their property.”
Denbighshire’s planning officers recommend to grant permission, but Efenechtyd Community Council, under which the site falls, have objected to the plans, along with neighbouring residents.
Objections include “serious concerns” over the increased traffic down single track roads with “blind bends and no passing points”, concern over the success and sustainabilty of such a large development at such a remote site, and the impact on wildlife, agricultural operations and nearby buildings .