A PLAN to convert the historic Lickhill Manor in Stourport into holiday accommodation has been approved. 

The derelict manor house, which is considered 'at-risk', was last used as a nursing home more than a decade ago.

The original building dates back to the turn of the 17th century, with a 1656 holdings document describing Lickhill Manor in the parish record. 

The Grade II-listed property was sold prior to an auction for an undisclosed amount by firm Bond Wolfe in the summer of 2021. 

A full planning application was submitted to convert the manor house into 25 self-contained holiday homes in January 2023.  

The proposed use would function similarly to when the manor was used as a hotel during the 1940s. 

"The application would safeguard the future conservation of Lickhill Manor and remove the status of being a building at risk," according to the heritage statement. 

"The proposal would be considered to be an enhancement by the removal of the nursing home function and the subdivision of bedrooms which were unsympathetically created in the past". 

Wyre Forest District Council's planning committee decided to approve the proposal at a meeting this week.

The historic building was also used as a maternity unit and bombing refuge during the Second World War, when among those born there was Ray Thomas, a founding member of the rock supergroup The Moody Blues.