September 6th, 2016

Decision on fourth bid to demolish historic Salvation Army hall deferred

Decision on fourth bid to demolish historic Salvation Army hall deferred Decision on fourth bid to demolish historic Salvation Army hall deferred
Updated: 1:38 pm, Nov 12, 2015

A DECISION on a fourth bid to demolish the historic former Salvation Army hall in Stratford has been deferred.

Nick Carr, of the Rosconn Group, has long been looking to build homes on the Scholars Lane site.

An application to transform the building into four, three-bedroom terraced homes was submitted in 2013 but following opposition from residents to roof gardens included in the proposed design, the plans were removed.

A revised bid was then made in February 2014, but councillors opted to follow officers’ recommendations – unanimously rejecting the plans for the town centre building, which was last used by the Salvation Army in July 2012.

And a third more scaled-down application – to turn the hall into three, two-bedroom terraced homes – was set to be considered in October 2014 but developers withdrew the application following a public consultation.

Those opposed to the scheme argue the proposals are out of keeping with the area and a report by officers has previously described the hall as an ‘undesignated heritage asset’, which they said added to the special interest of Stratford’s Conservation Area.

But despite the previous withdrawals and refusal, a fourth proposal – for five two-bedroom flats – was submitted to Stratford District Council in August.

The plans had been recommended for approval by officers but a decision on the application was deferred by members at a meeting on Wednesday (November 11) owing to a planning technicality.

The application is now likely to be reconsidered sometime next month.

* DEVELOPERS have revealed further plans to build new homes in Wellesbourne.

Coln Residential is bidding to build 40 homes on land adjoining Walton Way and Lowes Lane. The proposals were revealed at a recent parish council meeting.

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