Part of disused 19th century mansion to be turned into flats

Caple-ne-Ferne
Caple-ne-Ferne

PART of an empty 19th century mansion in St Leonards is set to be converted into new flats.

Developers from Adelphi Midland Estates Ltd were given the go-ahead to turn a section of Caple-ne-Ferne in Albany Road into eight self-contained flats after councillors voted unanimously in favour of the proposals at their planning meeting last Wednesday (September 11).

The plans also include creating a parking area with 11 spaces.

Grade II listed Caple-ne-Ferne, which has 1.3 acres of land, first came under auction in September last year.

But it failed to sell for an asking price of around £1 million so owners split the property into two lots of 35 rooms before it came under the hammer again in December 2012.

Built in 1806 Caple-ne-Ferne was owned by a trade union during the 19th century and used for members to convalesce. The building was last used as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment centre.

In his report, Tom Tanner, council planning officer, said: “It is considered that the proposal has been designed sympathetically and that it will not harm the important historic character and appearance of the Grade II listed building.”