Plans for historic Mansfield mill to be converted into 70-bed care home
New plans have been submitted to convert a derelict Mansfield mill into a 70-bed care home – along with more than 30 separate properties on the site for assisted living accommodation.
Nottinghamshire-based Hermitage Mill Developments has now put in planning applications to convert the Grade II-listed Hermitage Mill, on Hermitage Lane, into the new facility for the elderly.
The developer hopes to convert the mill, which dates back to 1782, add an extension and build a total of 31 private residential dwellings on the 1.92 hectare site – which sits next to the River Maun around a mile south of Mansfield town centre.
They have also submitted a separate application to allow the work to proceed, as the gilding was Grade listed in 1994, because of its importance to Mansfield’s industrial heritage.
The historic structure was built as Mansfield’s first water-powered textile mill after Richard Arkwright’s success with his facility in Cromford, Derbyshire, all but decimated the north Nottinghamshire cottage weaving industry.
It was one of a number of mills built in the late 1800s by William Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, as part of a bid to revive the area’s weaving industry.
Over the years, it has served as a base for several manufacturers, making lace, fine embroidery thread and other textiles, and in 1950 it was sold to Buildbase and has sat vacant since 2008 when the company ceased trading.
A heritage report from design agents Aspbury Planning states that Mansfield District Council had been keen to find a new use for the mill, with the Hermitage Mill Trust established in 2009 with the aim of turning the building into a heritage centre.
But when it failed to secure Lottery funding for the project, the building was sold to Germaine Properties Ltd which put in a separate plan for a care home at the site that was never carried forward.
The application will be considered by council planners at a later date.
Some demolition work has already taken place on the site to restore as much of its original character as possible if the plans get the green light.