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50 jobs as £2.8m Cumbria care home gets go-ahead

Up to 50 jobs could be created after plans for a £2.8 million care home were approved – for the second time.

Scalesceugh Hall photo
Scalesceugh Hall

Grade II-listed Scalesceugh Hall near Carlisle is set to be converted into a 47-bedroom residential home.

The £2.8m project will also feature six ‘close care’ cottages in the grounds at Carelton. It is also expected to provide between 40 and 50 jobs, according to the developer.

City planners renewed permission for the scheme after originally giving it the go-ahead back in October 2010. But the project suffered delays and work failed to get underway within three years – which meant applicant Wellburn Care Homes had to resubmit the proposals.

The Newcastle-based firm, which runs 14 care homes in the north east and Yorkshire, bought Scalesceugh Hall, which is off the A6, between Carlisle and Low Hesket, for more than £1m from Cumbria Cerebral Palsy Society in 2011.

Chairman Simon Beckett initially said work would start in mid-June 2011 with a proposed opening date of autumn 2012. He confirmed that work had been held up by the “general economic circumstances over the last three years”.

Mr Beckett also said he was delighted that the scheme had been given consent again, but admitted he cannot be 100 per cent certain that it will definitely get off the ground.

He told the News & Star: “We do have quite a lot of other development work on now so we are going to have to review the [Scalesceugh Hall] programme.

“I have put my heart and soul into this job and have great faith in it but things have been difficult.

“But we are still keen and we do consider it to be a viable project.”

Mr Beckett added that his company currently has £3m of expenditure on its books, compared to its annual turnover of £15m.

He said that the Scalesceugh Hall plan is part of that expenditure and insisted that a “capable” management team is in place to push it forward and make it a reality.

Scalesceugh Hall was built in around 1914 as a private residence set in landscaped grounds.

It was listed in 2005 as a good example of a high-status Edwardian country house and was described as being of a “French-chateau style”.

Listed features include elaborate fireplaces, panelling and cornice work.


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