19th century villa to become senior living community

Plans have been unveiled to turn the empty Beverley House building and grounds on Shipton Road, York, into a senior living community.

New owners, Inglehurst Property, recently bought the site from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a full planning application has been submitted to City of York Council.

The vision for the site includes bringing the Victorian villa back into use, removing the more recent extensions and adding two buildings on the 0.7-acre site.

Original features and the architectural integrity of Beverley House will also be restored as part of the scheme.

Built in the late 19th century as a large family house, Beverley House has had a varied history including as the location of Joseph Rowntree Trust offices, conversion into flats and most most recently as the Local Government Ombudsmen office. It has been vacant for over five years.

In total there will be 24 new homes created, all with their own parking within the grounds.

Matthew Newton, from Inglehurst Property, said: “After years of sitting vacant, we are excited and proud to rejuvenate this magnificent part of York’s heritage to its former glory, especially as certain areas have fallen into disrepair.

“The unsympathetic extensions will be removed and original features of the grand villa restored.

“The new homes will be high quality, sustainable and accessible and the grounds will also be improved through further landscaping and planting to create a vibrant Senior Living community.

“A green landscaped courtyard will be created to encourage a sense of community and inclusivity for the new residents.”