Hall to the good – bid to revamp historic home

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THE company which has bought Maids Moreton Hall plans to give the building a major facelift before reopening it as a care home – creating 40 jobs.

Montpelier Estates, of Aylesbury, has submitted a planning application to Aylesbury Vale District Council to reinstate the historic Church Street building as a nursing home – after replacing the ugly existing extensions with a new purpose-built wing.

A spokesman told the Advertiser: “It is our proposal to remove all of the existing flat-roofed extensions to the original building as well as the demolition of the 1960s two-storey block. The original hall will be refurbished and a new two-storey wing added to provide 60 beds for the new nursing home.”

The building has stood empty after being sold by its previous owners The Fremantle Trust.

The spokesman said The application creates an opportunity to provide a much-needed facility and also reinstate Maids Moreton Hall back to its former glory.

He said: “Latest reports demonstrate that Bucks has an ageing population with 14.6 per cent of current residents of a pensionable age. This figure is expected to rise by 50 per cent by 2020 and we very much envisage that a large proportion of residents will be drawn from the local area.

“In total, the care home will provide 60 bedrooms, an increase of 20 from the previous Fremantle facility.”

He said the company expects a significant proportion of the jobs will be filled by local residents.