The South Planning Committee approved the demolition of the former council offices on Corve Street on 13 September after a detailed debate. The offices will be replaced by 44 apartments to be built and operated by Churchill Retirement Living. Four affordable units will be provided by converting the former stable block.
Update 25 June 2016
This application will be considered by the South Planning Committee on 19 July.
Main article 19 May 2016
It’s taking some time to get this application right. This often happens in significant planning applications and my view is that it is always worth taking the time to get an application right. Housing built today will still be around in a hundred years’ time and we need to get it right.
The first application for this site didn’t find favour with planners and conservations. It was revised but still failed to convince the town council, neighbours and myself. Now we have a third scheme. The application is for 44 retirement apartments and conversion of the stable block into four one bed affordable flats (16/02033/FUL).
The outstanding application to build 25 houses at the former council office site on Corve Street has been withdrawn (15/05509/FUL). The plans had met heavy opposition from conservationists, the town council and residents. I made it clear I could not support the scheme as proposed.
Clarification from Purcell Developments
It appears that you have stated that we will be demolishing the Stables. This is not the case. We are looking to demolishing the more modern portion, but not the more historic element at the entrance to the site. We are proposing that we convert and refurbish this portion. In total, along this edge of the site there are 4 one bed cottages proposed. Two in the existing Stable block, and two new sympathetic ones.
The plans were revealed at the conservation committee and shortly afterwards, as the town council. I had an opportunity to discuss the scheme with the developers earlier.
For the new project, Purcell Developments have teamed up with Churchill Retirement, a company that currently has a controversial planning application for 66 sheltered apartments on Innage Lane, Bridgnorth. The Stone House proposal is unlikely to attract that level of controversy.
I wasn’t expecting this. Yesterday, I made clear my opposition to the current plans to redevelop the former council office site at Stone House on Corve Street. This morning I has a call from Purcell, the developer. It turns out they have been working on a new scheme for the last few weeks.
The previous proposals have been scrapped. The latest plan is to build 40 retirement apartments in a block that has the same footprint as the former council offices. I haven’t seen any details yet, but I am hopeful that the new scheme will address the concerns of residents on Station Drive and the objections from Historic England. A public presentation of the revised plans will be made at a town council meeting tomorrow evening.