Update, on Thursday, April 26: This planning application was approved on April 17.
Plans have been submitted to turn a nursing home in Nutley back to its original use as a family home.
Chelwood Corner was built in about 1870 as a manor house and has been used as a nursing home since 1970. It is registered for 27 residents.
Documents with the planning application say it is no longer compliant with regulations now imposed on nursing homes and with increased running costs it is also no longer economically viable to operate on a commercial basis.
They say the current owners have been there for 22 years and now wish to retire.
The documents add: “When the property was first used as a nursing home, the industry was lightly regulated, however in recent years far more prescriptive legislation has been introduced. This has led to the closure of many homes operating from similar converted period properties.
“The irregular shape of the buildings, narrow corridors, change in floor levels and nature of construction make compliance with the many regulatory requirements difficult to achieve in a cost-effective manner.” Efforts have been made, without success to find a purchaser for Chelwood Corner as a going concern.”