8th Dec, 2016

Former Stratford Salvation Army hall to be turned into flats

Stratford Editorial 25th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A FOURTH bid to demolish the historic former Salvation Army hall in Stratford has been given the green light.

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

Plans to transform the building into four, three-bedroom terraced homes were submitted in 2013 but were subsequently removed before a revised bid was rejected by councillors.

A third more scaled-down application to turn the building, which was last used by the Salvation Army in July 2012, into three, two-bedroom terraced homes was set to be considered in October 2014 but was later withdrawn.

And despite the previous bids being either withdraw or refused, a fourth proposal – for five, two-bedroom flats – was submitted towards the end of last year.

A decision on the application was set to be made in November but was deferred owing to a planning technicality.

And members of the planning committee opted to follow officers’ recommendations – granting permission for the homes at a meeting on Wednesday.

The latest planning application is one of 19 having to be reassessed in the light of Stratford District Council now having a five-year housing land supply.

Other applications – including one for 400 homes on Long Marston Airfield – which have previously been given the go-ahead, have recently been rubber-stamped by councillors with the remaining few set to be decided on Thursday (February 25).