A bid to turn a shut-down care home in Coventry into a 36-bed house in multiple occupation (HMO) has been withdrawn.

Applicant Abrol Ltd has withdrawn its plans to change the use of the former Milverton Gates Care Centre on Lodge Road to a HMO this week.

The bid sparked a petition of 54 signatures objecting to the application and calling for more detail on the scheme and its future use.

Only floor plans accompanied an application to the city council when it was validated in August with ward councillor John McNicholas stating last week that the submission was “not good enough”.

However, Cllr McNicholas said subsequent meetings with the applicant suggest the site could be turned into “quality apartments” instead.



Cllr John McNicholas outside the former Milverton Gates Care Centre
Cllr John McNicholas outside the former Milverton Gates Care Centre

He said: “Having met with the applicant I am quite optimistic we will get something good.

“It is a very constrained site which would lend itself to residential accommodation, although there would have to be alterations to the building to make it comply with regulations.

“The petition was not against the development of the building. Residents recognise it needs to be used. They were not against it, they were just wondering what it would be used for and I think now they have some answers and that is good news.”

Coventry City Council did not comment on the application, while the applicant could not be reached.

Milverton Gate Care Centre, which was run by Four Seasons, closed after it was placed into ‘special measures’ by the Care Quality Commission in 2018.

The site is bordered up but has seen some damage to windows and fly-tipping.

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