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


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.”