Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of Danbury Palace, a grade II-listed manor house near Chelmsford, into a luxury apartment block.

Architect BPTW will work with developer Inner Circle Group and designer Andrew Martin Associates on the £7.5m scheme to create 49 private and shared ownership apartments, of which 34 will be set in the gardens of Danbury Park. The new building is set to replace a seventies extension but will retain the original detailing of the house built in the gothic revival style in 1832.