Ollerton Hall could be turned into flats

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A COUNTRY house which has stood empty for nearly half a century could be converted into flats and bunglaows if an application goes ahead.

Plans are in place to transform Ollerton Hall into nine two-bedroom apartments, with 16 flats created in three existing blocks built as part of a previous planning application to convert the site into a

nursing home.

It would also have space for 29 parked cars.

The Grade II-listed hall was built in the 1700s, but last used in the 1960s as a hostel and was put on the at-risk register drawn up by Engligh Heritage in recent years.

Falling into disrepair, it was acquired by the Sue Ryder charity in the late 80s with the intention of creating a residential care home. Work was carried out but the home never opened and the site continued to change hands.

It was taken on by Pullan Homes in 2007 and the work was completed to make the building structurally sound.

Pullan has submitted the application to Newark & Sherwood District Council with a target decision date set at 19th July. However, the plans have been criticised by Ollerton and Boughton Town Council.