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Newark: Applicants win appeal to turn former Friary Fields Nursing Home, Friary Road, into house of multiple occupancy

Applicants have won an appeal to turn a former 34-bedroom Newark care home into a house of multiple occupancy.

Mr Singh, the new owner of the former Friary Fields Nursing Home on Friary Road, said he now planned to bring affordable, luxury living to the town.

The conversion was initially rejected by Newark and Sherwood District Council, but was approved on appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

Friary Fields.(43957136)
Friary Fields.(43957136)

“It is excellent news,” said Mr Singh. “The site isn’t going to be sat there derelict, boarded up and falling into disrepair.

“We are just happy that it isn’t a sight for sore eyes any more, because it could have been sat there for a number of years (without use).”

Mr Singh hoped his plans would provide the town with something unique.

Friary Fields.(43957138)
Friary Fields.(43957138)

“We are in a housing crisis at the moment, and we are offering affordable housing,” he said.

“We want to bring that to the community.”

The care home closed in 2019 after safety concerns were raised by the Care Quality Commission.

The application states the conversion would be made, with as little intervention as possible, into clusters of houses of multiple occupancy.

Each cluster would be served by its own entrance and have communal kitchen, living and dining room areas as well as laundry facilities.

The application allows for 33 bedrooms spread across six clusters/units ­— one habitable bedroom less than when it was a nursing home.

The rooms will be targeted at young professionals.

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