Beechcroft Developments has submitted plans to convert the former Sue Ryder home at Nettlebed into 23 flats and two houses.

The Grade II-listed, Edwardian mansion was sold to Beechcroft at the beginning of 2022 by the hospice charity which had owned it since 1979.

The plans, submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council, are for apartments of one, two and three bedrooms. Fourteen will be created in the house while nine will be in the stable block.

In addition, separate applications have been submitted to convert a squash court and a potting shed on the site each into single homes.

The charity had already gained permission to convert the building into 10 flats and stable block into a further 10 but documents in the Beechcroft application suggest those plans were ‘significantly flawed’.

The design and access statement by RM Architects says some of those proposed flats were oversized, some were over three floors and others too far from lifts for the likely older residents.

The Beechcroft proposals will not be age restricted but the developer believes most purchasers will be aged over 55.

Joyce Grove was built for merchant banker Robert Fleming in 1903 and was later passed onto his family including James Bond creator Ian and Peter, who married Brief Encounter star Celia Johnson.

Image: Google.

© Thames Tap (powered by

Sign up to receive your free weekly Thames Tap journal here.