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Planning officers say former Maidstone nurses' home in Hermitage Lane cannot be saved

09 December 2013
by Alan Smith

James Willis and Cllr Bryan Vizzard outside the former nurses' home in Hermitage Lane

James Willis and Cllr Bryan Vizzard outside the former nurses' home in Hermitage Lane

The fate of Maidstone nurses’ home will be decided this Thursday.

The borough council’s planning committee will meet in the Town Hall for the second time to consider a bid from the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospital Trust to demolish the home and replace it with 53 flats and houses.

The neo-Georgian building was erected in 1926 and is considered to be architecturally significant; although it is not listed.

Councillors deferred making a decision when the application was last considered three weeks ago.

Planning officers are still recommending that permission be granted saying that the owners do not even need to seek permission to demolish the building, as it is not listed, so it would be difficult to withhold building consent out of a desire to save the building.

However, local ward councillor Bryan Vizzard (Lib Dem) said: “This distinctive building is much admired by local people and is of considerable local historical interest in that it provided accommodation and training facilities for nursing staff at the Oakwood Institution and Maidstone Hospital for many years.”

Freshland Road resident James Willis has joined Lib Dem prospective Parliamentary candidate Jasper Gerard in organising a petition against the loss of the building which they intend to present to councillors on Thursday. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 6pm.


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