Dentist plans to turn Harrison House in Grantham into surgery and flats

Harrison House. 318D
Harrison House. 318D
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A former care home in Grantham which was closed amid controversy last year may be transformed into a dental practice and flats.

Plans submitted to planners at South Kesteven District Council propose to utilise Harrison House, in Dysart Road, as a state-of-the-art dental practice with eight treatment rooms, plus 13 two-bedroom apartments and one one-bedroom apartment.

Behind the plan is Anthony Smith of Anthony Smith & Associates, a dental surgery in Avenue Road. He hopes to relocate, closing the Avenue Road surgery and creating more jobs.

Dr Smith, who has been in business in Grantham for 33 years, bought Harrison House last year.

He said: “I have sold my soul to the bank to buy the site. It was chosen for its ideal location - close to town, Barrowby and housing estates - and the tranquil position, good parking and superb gardens.”

Much fun appears to have been had in choosing a new name for the surgery. Dr Smith said: “We have rejected Jaws R Us and are considering Apolline House after the patron saint of dentists.”

Additional NHS places will not be made available as a result of the expansion, said Dr Smith, as NHS England will not fund any more.

In a document submitted as part of the planning application, Grantham-based planning consultant Mike Sibthorp stated: “Not all the building is needed for dental purposes and the residential elements of the proposal are intended to optimise the use of the remainder of the space, rather than for it to be left vacant.

“The location of the dental surgery in this area reflects a recognised under provision in this part of town, and is fully supported by the relevant commissioning body; NHS Lincolnshire.”

All 14 flats would be rented out rather than sold to create long-term gain, and also because of a “fairly stagnant demand for apartments to purchase in Grantham”.

Harrison House has stood empty and boarded up for over a year after Lincolnshire County Council took the controversial decision to shut all council-run and maintained care homes across the county.

The Journal reported in February how the building had been bought - but the county council refused to confirm how much it had sold for due to “commercial sensitivity”.

The money made from the sale went into the pot for future capital projects, said the local authority.