Plan to turn Lornes Hotel, Oxton, into extra-care housing

AN unused Wirral hotel will be turned into much-needed extra-care housing under plans produced this week.

The Lornes Hotel in Oxton will be transformed from a 35-bedroom hotel into 21 self-contained flats suitable for assisted living if the proposal is approved by Wirral Council.

The building was built as a hotel, but has never been used as one.

Assisted living accommodation differs slightly from sheltered housing because residents are more likely to have services such as meals or personal care provided by on-site staff.

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In the application documents Evolve Architects, who are designing the site on behalf of Salisbury Developments, said there is simply not the demand for a hotel in the area.

The design and access statement added: "We have a well-designed strategy which involves careful remodelling along with thoughtful additions to the existing building at Lorne Road.

"We are putting back into use a substantial building which hasn't been redundant for many years.

"It is the design team's opinion that the scheme is the appropriate response to our clients brief, the existing site constraints and feel this application should be fully welcomed by the local council."

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The existing building is believed to be well-suited to be converted into an assisted living facility but changes to the structure of the building will still need to be made.

A four-storey pitched roof extension is proposed to the west of the building, with this then housing additional flats.

A single storey flat roof extension is also proposed to the north side of the building, providing extra space for one additional flat.

These changes will not increase the height of the current building and Evolve Architects said they were designed to "respect and be in keeping with the current building".

The site is located close to bus stops on routes to most major local destinations.