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Holy Rood House

Built during the late 19th century, Holy Rood House is a residential therapeutic retreat. Before the Sisters of the Holy Rood came from Middlesborough in the 1970s it was a school known as Sowerby Lodge. The house has extensive gardens that include an orchard, paddock, labyrinth, herb garden, pond and quiet garden.

The proposed development is for an extension that will replace the existing entrance connection between the Main House and 1980s Extension and create a new counselling suite to the rear. The existing outbuilding will be connected by creating circulation space that stretches back to the rear boundary. This will be converted and extended to form a staff bedsit. The existing therapy rooms within the ground floor of the 1980s Extension will be converted into a guest suite suitable for wheelchair users.