Plans to turn a Grade II* listed 14th century building in Stevenage into a home have been approved by the local authority, after controversial plans for it to become a children's nursery were withdrawn.

Applicant John James had originally wanted to turn Chells Manor House, in Chells Lane, into a nursery, but residents raised concerns over parking and traffic congestion.

Stevenage Borough Council has now granted Listed Building Consent for internal alterations to the building so it can be turned into a home, as well as granting permission to remove a modern staircase and install a lift.


Chells Manor House is currently vacant, but was once a high-status house, then a farmhouse, and office use has been permitted since 1987.