Housing plan for Conan Doyle's Hindhead home approved

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Fans wanted the house to be either a single building or a museum

Controversial plans to convert Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's former Surrey home into flats have been approved.

Waverley Borough Council granted planning permission to developers to turn the Victorian house into eight dwellings.

Undershaw at Hindhead was built in 1897 by the Sherlock Homes author, but is now boarded up.

Campaigners and historians wanted it to be kept as a single building or restored as a museum.

Historic details

British Virgin Islands-registered Fossway Ltd was granted listed building consent at a planning meeting on Wednesday evening.

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

The new plans include a public pavilion with information about the author.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle built Undershaw in 1897

Under the proposals, the main house will be converted into three homes and a second wing will 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.

The council received three petitions opposing the plans, one from the campaign group Save Undershaw, as well as an objection from the Victorian Society.

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

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