Sale on cards for former old people’s home

Halmer Grange, Spalding

Halmer Grange, Spalding

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A former Spalding care home could be given a new lease of life after several offers to buy it.

Halmer Grange was closed in September 2011 as part of a wider review of care services by Lincolnshire County Council.

The home, which had accommodated 22 elderly and disabled people and employed 40 staff, was described as “old and outdated” and the county council estimated it would cost more than £1million to bring it up to scratch.

After exploring other uses for the boarded-up building, in Grange Drive, the home was put up for sale.

Jim Hogg, head of strategic asset management, said: “We are pleased to say that a number of offers have now been received and we’re now in the process of evaluating them to determine which presents best value to taxpayers.

“It’s hoped that a sale can be agreed in the near future.”

In the meantime, some of the home’s land could be transferred to a nearby secondary school to be used by pupils.

At a meeting of the county council’s planning and regulation committee next Monday, members will be asked to approve plans for Spalding High School to take over some of Halmer Grange’s garden area.

The school is next to the care home but the piece of land is not currently accessible from the school.

The plan would be to remove part of a chain link fence to allow students to access the site, although another fence would be put up to prevent them getting near the building.

The new garden area would be used during school lunch and break times.

South Holland District Council has not put forward any objection to the idea, but Spalding and District Civic Society has said it would leave the large Halmer Grange building with a a “seriously inadequate” amount of garden space.