Housing plan for Conan Doyle's former Hindhead home

The exterior of Undershaw (from The Victorian Society)
Image caption Fans wanted the house to be either a single building or a museum

Plans to convert Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's former home in Surrey into eight homes are to be considered.

The future of Grade-II listed Undershaw at Hindhead will be looked at by Waverley Borough Council on 9 June.

The property, now boarded-up and owned by a developer, was built for the creator of Sherlock Holmes in 1897.

Campaigners want the property to stay as one building or a museum. The new plans include a public pavilion with information about the author.

Waverley Council said two applications submitted by current owners, British Virgin Islands-registered Fossway Ltd, would go before a planning committee next week, one for listed building consent and the other for the actual development.

Councillors have been recommended to approve the plans, subject to conditions.

Former hotel

Under the proposals, the main house would be converted into three homes and a second wing would be built to provide five town houses.

The developers said the project would provide restoration of the building including its historic details and leaded windows, and enhance the landscape.

They have also promised a public pavilion "to allow the interpretation of the links with this site and the famous writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle".

The Victorian Society has objected to the plans and said it would prefer Undershaw to remain as a single dwelling, which it said would be less damaging to the historic interest of the building.

The council has also received three petitions opposing the plans, one from the campaign group Save Undershaw.

The future of the building has been in doubt since 2004 when a hotel which occupied the building closed down.

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