PLANS for a £12million scheme to transform Paignton's Oldway Mansion into a luxury hotel and sheltered retirement flats complex have been approved.
Developers Akkeron put in four separate applications — which are being recommended for approval — to redevelop the site currently used by Torbay Council.
The first application seeks to build 48 three and four-bedroom town houses within the grounds of the former Singer family home and 64 assisted living apartments on the site of the former 1960s Fernham Nursing Home.
The hotel would create 70 jobs.
The second planning application focuses on the erection of a new orangery, wedding room and cafe and a four-rink bowling centre.
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The current tennis court would also be reconfigured and the access road would be altered while new parking spaces would be created.
The third and fourth applications are for a change of use for Oldway Mansion itself, the Rotunda and stables and turn the Grade II-listed buildings and associated gardens into a 57-bedroom luxury hotel with ancillary spa, conference and banqueting facilities.
The plan is to make some internal and external alterations to the buildings, creating a new foyer entrance to the stables and restoring or refurbishing the existing glass conservatory.
The current squash court would be demolished and the listed gardens, designed by Duchene, would be restored to their past glory.
In her report to the planning committee, council officer Ruth Robinson said the 'package of development is a much scaled down version of earlier schemes designed to secure the future of Oldway'.
She said: "The benefits are to secure a robust and sustainable future for this at-risk group of listed buildings and the restoration of their associated formal gardens.
"The proposed hotel use will not only secure the fabric of the buildings but will generate up to 70 local jobs and have significant spin-off in terms of the local economy and tourism.
"The restoration of the gardens, which are of significant historical interest, is also a major benefit and much valued by local people."
All four applications were recommended for approval subject to additional plans and S106 details.