New plans have been submitted to demolish an old hotel that historians say was partly designed by Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.The Victorian Society said it had made a new application to list the former Lyndhurst Park Hotel in Hampshire, after discovering the Conan Doyle link.Developer PegasusLife has reapplied to build more than 70 retirement flats on the site instead.It said the building had only “minor significance” to local heritage.The firm has added 15 “affordable homes” to plans which were rejected by the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) in February.More than 240 objections were received during the initial consultation, many calling for affordable housing.
The hotel building was originally built as a private mansion house – Glasshayes House – in the early 19th Century. The Victorian Society said Conan Doyle, who although never worked in architecture had a hand in designing elements of several buildings, sketched plans for a new facade and a third-floor extension to the hotel in 1912.These are thought to be the last surviving examples of his architectural work.The conservation group has applied to Historic England to list the building to prevent it from being turned into a “run-of-the-mill block of flats”.Dr Caroline Wilkins, of the Friends of Glasshayes House group, said the apparent link to Conan Doyle was “hugely significant”.”The [residential development] design is awful and inappropriate and it will have an impact socially with 150 elderly people using medical facilities in the village. There’s nothing good about it” she added.Following the initial planning decision, the group posted pictures appearing to show vandalism inside the building, including to a Victorian stained glass window.PegasusLife’s new planning application said the development was “a sensitively designed scheme that enhances the character” of the area.
Source: BBC Hampshire