The future of one of Harrogate’s grandest homes looks to have finally been decided after planning permission was granted to convert Pineheath into 12 luxury apartments.
In July, millionaire Jason Shaw submitted an application to restore the historic 40-room Pineheath to its former glory through an ambitious restoration and extension project.
Harrogate Borough Council’s Planning Committee has now approved plans for the Cornwall Road property to converted into 10 luxury apartments. The chauffeurs house will also be converted into two buildings, separated within the building.
The house was described as being “frozen in time” when it shot to fame in 2014 but Mr Shaw said the plans will now bring a positive outcome for the local landmark.
He said: “This high quality residential development will see Pineheath’s iconic facade restored and preserved for posterity.
“We are currently finalising plans that will see construction commence next year with occupation of the apartments in 2018.
“The development is set to become one of the most prestigious on the Duchy Estate with twelve apartments benefiting from luxurious gardens and surroundings as well as a residents library, billiard room and gym.”
The site has attracted controversy in recent years after Mr Shaw submitted plans to build two semi-detached houses in its ground and illegally chopped down trees to make way for them.
Despite welcoming the news that the long term future of the building had been secured, The Dutchy Residents Association (DRA) raised concerns that the plans amount to an“over-development” of the site.
Chairman Richard Thomas, said: “We think there are too many small two-bedroom flats in the plans. But, if it was revised for just larger flats and more in keeping with the Conservation Area objectives, that would be more acceptable.
“But we are concerned that if they have all these apartments then there is a potential community of 38 to 48 people.
“We feel that this is too intensive and, in particular, the amount of space needed for car parking will damage the appearance of the garden.”