Plans to demolish abandoned Edinburgh care home to make way for luxury homes

The care home has lain vacant since 2022
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An Edinburgh care home could be demolished to make way for new homes under plans put to the council.

The development would see a '60s building on Lennox Row torn down. The two-storey structure spans the north-east corner of Lennox Row and Stirling Road, and previously operated as a 35-bedroom care home.

Located at 22 Lennox Row, the home was extended in the '90s but ceased operating as a care home in 2022 due to a funding for support staff and rising costs. It has lain vacant since.

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Sitting in the suburb of Trinity, and within walking distance of several public parks including Lomond Park. The property has been marketed since the care home ceased operating.

The first choice bidder intended to use the building as temporary accommodation for those experiencing homelessness, though locals challenged the bid and it was rescinded. No other offers came forward.

Developers now hope to provide "much needed and high-quality" residential accommodation. It's also stated that the wing of the building would be demolished, while the main villa would be "reinstated and enhanced".

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Plans would maintain the historical and architectural significance of the main villa. Eight new homes would be created, four of them four-bedroom, four of them five-bedroom and one six-bed home.

Developers would also install timber gates, plant trees, and carry out other soft landscaping within the front gardens.

The building sits within a Conservation Area, though developers have said special attention shall be paid to the "desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of that area".

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In support of the demolition, developers wrote: "The 1960s wing is of a lesser height than neighbouring properties and is utilitarian in style with little articulation to the form or facade.

"The architectural features it does possess, such as the ogee dome topping the faceted bay on the corner elevations, are quite crudely executed. The quality of external materials and deep form plan also contribute to its overall negative contribution to the conservation area.

"As well as negatively affecting the character and appearance of the wider conservation area, the 1960s wing also detracts from the aesthetic value and quality of the original villa at 22 Lennox Row. There is no clear demarcation of plot width and the wing being physically connected to the original villa also erodes the spatial structure of the conservation area."

Plans are yet to be approved by Edinburgh Council.