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Luxury apartments plan in Cumbrian village

A landmark building that once housed a girls’ school, a care home and a probation office is poised to be converted into luxury apartments.

Lime House photo
Lime House in Wetheral

Lime House is set to become home to a number of flats in one of north Cumbria’s most upmarket locations, overlooking The Green at Wetheral, near Carlisle.

Builder Magnus Homes has landed the property, which it described as being in “one of the most sought-after residential areas” in the county. A planning application has been submitted to transform the building into nine “spacious luxury apartments”, with the company confirming it was “delighted” with the acquisition.

It is expected to go before city planners in the coming months and, if successful, the flats could be on the market within a year.

Frank Lowe, chairman of Magnus Homes, said: “We’re hoping that the development is completed by autumn 2013.

“It overlooks The Green and it’s such a nice village. That’s one of the reasons we went after the property.”

The imposing sandstone building was originally built as two semi-detached houses. It was transformed into a girls’ boarding school in the mid-19th century.

The school was later switched to Dalston where it still bears the Lime House name.

Lime House in Wetheral was recently the headquarters of Cumbria Probation Service.

The building was put on the market earlier this year for £795,000. Estate agents said it attracted “strong interest” despite the imposing price tag, describing it as a “fantastic building”.

Magnus Homes, based at Victoria Viaduct in Carlisle city centre, describes itself as “a company that specialises in building high quality individual homes”.

One of its biggest developments has been at Pears House on the harbour front at Whitehaven, which is a mix of shops and 33 apartments, all with sea views.

Have your say

@ John Buchanan, there are so many developments that are not in keeping with Wetheral and we are opposing left right and centre, and hey guess what, no one listens to us, the planning is always passed. We feel absoloutley powerless.

Posted by Fern on 15 March 2013 at 20:18

This kind of development is the thin end of the wedge and can change the character of a village very quickly, and not for the better.
I hope the residents are banding together to oppose this 'massing' of development in an open aspect village.

Posted by John Buchanan on 2 February 2013 at 16:25

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