Abbotsford House plans welcomed by Kenilworth Town Council

Abbotsford School
Abbotsford School

Plans to convert the old Abbotsford House building in Bridge Street into two homes have been welcomed by Kenilworth Town Council after a highly detailed plan was submitted.

The building, which is the only Grade II*-listed building in the town, will be converted into two residences should the plans be approved by Warwick District Council.

A heritage impact statement submitted by the applicant states: “The proposals to convert Abbotsford House into two units ensures that the house reverts to residential use and thus becomes part of the living community.

“The approach taken for the refurbishment works is one of retaining and repairing, rather than replacing, as far as possible.

“Furthermore, the proposed conversion into high status units will ensure that high maintenance standards will be developed.”

There will be five parking spaces for the two properties as per parking standards in the area, and the spaces will be accessed from New Street.

A plan submitted in 2014 to convert the building into a single residential dwelling faced repeated opposition. It was eventually accepted in August of that year, but was then thrown out in September due to the glazing bars on the windows being deemed too thick.

Cllr Michael Coker (Con, Abbey), said: “Our view was that it was better split up into two anyway. It’s a good plan because something will be done to an important building which otherwise might fall down if nothing was done.

“I’m quite happy to say ‘no objection’ to this application.”

Cllr George Illingworth (Con, Abbey), said: “We welcome this realistic application for one of the most important residential buildings in the town and we look forward to its restoration.”

Abbotsford House dates back to around the 1770s and started to be used as a school in the 1840s. In 2010, pupils at the school were finally relocated to Crackley Hall and the site has remained unused ever since.