Cheshire East Council is set to approve plans for the refurbishment and extension of the grade two-listed Webb House in Crewe into an extra care facility.
The scheme, designed by VWB Architects on behalf of client Arcam Development Management, proposes 18 apartments for within Webb House itself, and a three-storey building at the rear housing 36 apartments.
The two buildings would be linked by a wellbeing hub, including treatment rooms, exercise studio, activity room, office, therapy pool and changing facilities, in addition to a communal lounge and library.
The plans have been revised from an earlier scheme which proposed a series of bungalows along Victoria Avenue however there were objections including from Crewe Town Council, which said that the properties would obscure the view of the listed Webb House.
Webb House was originally designed as an orphanage in the early 1900s, and has also been used as a British Rail training centre and specialist mental health facility. It has been disused for over a decade.
Recommending the scheme for approval ahead of the Cheshire East planning committee tomorrow, council planners said: “The residential re-use of Webb House would retain its historic character and significant features, notwithstanding that further design refinement is necessary to the proposed rear extensions. Furthermore, the new apartment building as amended represents a good design solution and preserves the setting and special historic interest of the listed buildings.”