Ex-College of West Anglia building could become seven-bedroom house

Grove House, Chatteris

Grove House, Chatteris

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A FORMER College of West Anglia building in Chatteris High Street could be turned into a seven-bedroom house.

The Grade II Listed Grove House will become a single property with three bathrooms if a planning application to change its use from educational to residential is approved by Fenland District Council.

The building was sold by CWA earlier this year for £250,000 after the College said it was “deteriorating and there are ongoing costs associated with maintaining it”.

A Design and Access Statement prepared for the council’s planning committee said: “Converting the building back into residential will bring it back into active use and allow much needed repairs and maintenance to be carried out to preserve the listed building.”

The house was built in the 1820s and is one of the few Georgian-period buildings to remain in Chatteris.

It has been used as a single residential dwelling for much of the past 200 years but was used as offices by FDC when the building was added to the listed property register in 1986.

It was given to the people of Chatteris in 1939 by the Childs family but, under a local government re-organisation, it passed from Chatteris Urban Council to FDC.

It became part of CWA in 1996 after alterations, including the demolition of the outbuildings, were made to ensure it could be used for educational purposes.

Principal David Pomfret said money from the sale would help pay for improvements at the College’s King’s Lynn and Wisbech sites but the final amount it was sold for was nearly half the original £495,000 asking price.

The main changes to the building which will now be made include fitting three new bedrooms and a kitchen, along with the removal of stud walls to make the inside feel more like a home than its current open plan office layout.

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