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Minstead Trust granted planning permission to transform Whitemoor B&B in Lyndhurst into care home

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A CHARITY which supports people with learning difficulties has won planning permission to convert a Lyndhurst B&B into a care home for its residents.

As reported in the A&T, stricter vaccination rules prompted the Minstead Trust to relocate residents from Minstead Lodge to Whitemoor House in Southampton Road.

Prior to the pandemic, Minstead Lodge had been rented out for weddings, events and conferences, alongside its residential use.

The B&B will become a care home for residents of the Minstead Trust (54871764)
The B&B will become a care home for residents of the Minstead Trust (54871764)

But a new law introduced in November requiring anyone entering a care home to be double-vaccinated meant it would be “trickier” to resume these events, a spokesperson for the trust told the A&T.

Nine of the bedrooms will be used for residents, with one for staff. The charity intends to change the current guest lounge into another bedroom at a later stage.

The application was supported by Lyndhurst Parish Council but sparked two objections about overlooking, noise and the possibility it might set a precedent for other sites.

The application was signed off by the national park authority’s executive director for strategy and planning, Steve Avery.

An NPA report said: “Although the proposed change of use would result in the loss of guest accommodation it would not be to a single residential use, but would continue to provide some employment and some social benefit that would contribute to the wellbeing of both the residents and potentially the services in the village that they would use.

"Overall, the benefits of the proposal to the residents cared for by the Minstead Trust would outweigh the loss of the bed and breakfast establishment.”

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