The historic Castle Club in Fulham looks set to be turned into a 33-room dementia-friendly care home.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council this week approved plans to demolish the grade II-listed gothic revival building’s summerhouse, and refurbish its interior.
The old house In Broomhouse Lane, close to the exclusive Hurlingham Club, opened in 1854 and was formerly referred to as the “Elizabethan School” and specialised in care for children with tuberculosis.
It is currently vacant, and a council report said its condition is “neglected” and “suffering from decay caused by water ingress and wet and dry rot”.
Surrey-based developer Ten Wandsworth wants to build a three-storey glazed extension to provide the care home accommodation. The existing clubhouse would be converted into a kitchen and office space.
The company’s application said: “The site will provide a home for residents when they reach a stage of needing 24-hour nursing care. Most, but not all, residents will be senior (over 65 years) as the risk of dementia increases with age.”
Hammersmith and Fulham’s planning committee heard that the borough has the sixth lowest provision of care homes in the country, and the lowest in London.
Labour councillor Wesley Harcourt was displeased about the prospect of the 1920s summerhouse being demolished, saying: “I do think it’s very important that we look after listed buildings in the borough and anywhere. I’m not very happy about that.”
Tory councillor Alex Karmel was concerned about a lack of car parking spaces, and pointed out that the nearest tube station is over 900 metres away.
A planning application to turn the building into a school for 700 pupils was rejected by the council in 2017.