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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Cumbrian hall sold for £1 million to care home firm

Scalesceugh Hall, south of Carlisle, is to be converted into an old people’s residential home following its sale to Wellburn Care Homes of Newcastle.

Scalesceugh Hall photo
Scalesceugh Hall, near Carlisle

The company has paid more than £1 million to buy the Grade II-listed building from Cumbria Cerebral Palsy Society, which moved out last year.

Between 40 and 50 jobs will be created when the home opens in 2012.

Simon Beckett, Wellburn’s chairman, said: “The overall project cost will be around £2.8m.

“We are doing some small site works now and hope to start properly mid-June if not before.

“We are going for an opening date of autumn 2012 but that very much depends on us being able to start in June.”

Wellburn obtained planning consent in principle for the conversion in October.

The permission allows the hall to be used as a 47-bedroom care home with six cottages in the grounds providing ‘close-care’ accommodation.

Completion of the sale, handled by the commercial property specialist Sanderson Weatherall was the final hurdle.

Scalesceugh Hall lies off the A6, between Carlisle and Low Hesket, and has been run as a care home by Cumbria Cerebral Palsy since the 1960s. The society has replaced the accommodation with purpose-built flats in Carlisle – eight at Parklands, off Garlands Road, and 12 at Lister Court in Raffles.

These have been developed in partnership with Impact Housing, part-funded by selling the hall.

The society obtained planning permission in 2004 to convert Scalesceugh into 10 apartments.

But the collapse in the housing market meant there was little interest from developers, prompting a change of strategy and its sale as a care home.

Wellburn operates 14 care homes across the north of England, five in listed buildings.

Scalesceugh Hall was built around 1914 as a private residence set in landscaped grounds. It was listed in 2005 as a good example of a high-status Edwardian country house.

The listing described it as having ‘French-chateau style’.

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