THE majestic Hickleton Hall is set to be converted to residential apartments with over 20 new homes built in its lawned grounds.
Ambitious new plans for the former care facility could see the hall’s main wing turned into 20 mixed residential apartments, the stable block converted into 16 houses and apartments, the tractor shed to two houses, and the brew house becoming a single residence.
A further five terraced houses could be built, along with a new car park.
The hall has been used as a Sue Ryder Care Centre for 51 years. The business closed at the end of 2012 after its owners decided it was no longer viable.
A spokeswoman said: “The decision to close the care centre was taken after personal care plans developed for each resident showed a clear want to be closer to their families and amenities. This, coupled with no referrals from local commissioners for some time, showed that Hickleton Hall was not best suited to providing care that its current residents and the local population wanted.”
“Some of the remaining 27 residents took the opportunity to move closer to their loved ones and some moved to Sue Ryder’s Holme Hall care centre near York, which was expanded by three beds.”
The spokeswoman added: “This would give the building a sustainable long-term future and enable Sue Ryder to achieve good value when it is put on the market in spring 2013. All proceeds from the sale of the building will be reinvested into providing care for people living with long term life changing illness and end of life care needs.”
Steve Jenkin, director of health and social care at Sue Ryder said: “We are extremely proud of the quality of care that has been provided at Hickleton. I would like to sincerely thank the staff for their hard work and commitment to the residents during closure of the service.”
A spokesman for Doncaster Council said that the planning application concerning Hickleton Hall was before planners but had “not yet been accepted due to technical issues.”
As a Listed Building built between 1745 and 1748, Hickleton Hall requires special consent before any alterations to the fabric of the building are carried out.