Proposal to change use of Grade II* listed building in Silksworth

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Sunderland City Council will meet to discuss potentially changing the use of Doxford House, a listed building in Silksworth, Sunderland.

They will examine further into the Grade II* listed building that dates back from the late 18th Century to see if it can be changed back into its original use as a single dwelling house.

The house and grounds are privately owned by the applicant and it is intended that they will move in with their family if planning permission is granted.

The plan shows how there will be various external alterations and extensions added to the existing building including a swimming pool, a roof terrace and also the creation of an external water feature. 

The building has been vacant for over five years and has suffered greatly from vandalism, theft and also arson.

English Heritage said: “We need to bring a beautiful historic building back into use, Doxford House is a building of considerable national and regional heritage value and it is important that it is preserved for future generations before its condition deteriorates further.” 

There are a few matters that are still yet to be looked at such as the habitat value of the house and its gardens as a whole and also whether the building could become a site to provide roosting and hibernating opportunities for bats.  

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