Care home could be set for hotel conversion if plans are approved

A DORSET care home could be set to be converted into a hotel.

A planning application has been submitted to Dorset Council to change the use of the Lyme Regis Nursing Home.

If approved, the plans – submitted by Lone Wolf Planning on behalf of the owners – would see the Pound Road building become a hotel.

The home currently cares for up to 27 people.

“The care home no longer meets modern care needs in terms of its physical arrangement, eg width of corridors and doorways, varied floor levels, staircases etc and is becoming unviable,” the application said.

Changing the use of the building would require “no physical changes” amounting to development, the application added, with no alternative sites for such a hotel identified.

“All means of access will remain as existing and will not be materially different in traffic volumes and nature than the existing lawful use,” it added.

The plans come after the care home was rated as ‘requires improvement’ after a visit by CQC inspectors in July last year.

It is operated by Farrington Care Homes Limited, based in Middlesex.

Farrington has been contacted for comment on plans for the residents should the plans be approved.

For more details, and to comment on the proposals, log on to and search for application reference P/FUL/2024/00833.

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