Former Nuns' Home To Be Turned Into Flats

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A new development at 1a Dartmouth Place has been approved. Lynch Architects has won permission for a housing block described as a homage to ’Lutyens’ and the ‘English suburban villa.’

The development comes after the sale of a 5,500 square foot house in Dartmouth Place behind St. Mary's Convent on Burlington Lane formerly used by the nuns from the order as a nurses' home.

The plans are for 6 new apartments: one 4 bedroom flat, two 2 beds, and three 3 beds. The client is a new development company, Carbon Living, who seek to make the most ecologically advanced housing possible.

The nurses' home was used as a private dwelling for several years, consisting of eight bedrooms, four receptions, and five bathrooms and stood on a quarter-of-an acre site with walled gardens. There had been objections to the new development from at least 2 members of the planning committee and a local resident who lives opposite who said it would visually affect two areas, Chiswick House and the Old Chiswick conservation area.

The house in Dartmouth Place went on sale for £3.65 million, originally marketed as a possible family home for a wealthy client. It had been purchased from a previous owner from the convent in the 1980s and had been marketed as a "unique country house tucked into a quiet corner of Chiswick."

There had been trouble previously over an unauthorised fence which was deemed to have caused "unacceptable harm to the visual amenity and character of the original property at Dartmouth House, the surrounding landscape, the Old Chiswick conservation area and the adjacent St Nicholas' Churchyard Local Open Space."

view of new development at Dartmouth Place from St Nicholas graveyard

Impression of the view from St Nicholas graveyard

The apartments will share a communal garden and pond, whilst the three largest apartments have private gardens. All of the flats have balconies.

Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2017 to be completed in twelve months.

February 5, 2017


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