Thursday, 29 January 2015

Hannington Lane link back on agenda


It appears that a pedestrian link from North Street to the Hannington Lane development is now back on the agenda. The original proposals for such a link would have required demolition or substantial alteration of the 18thC. Timpson building in North Street. These proposals were dropped from planning application BH2013/00710 following the listing of the Timpson building. 

 

Listing of a property does not mean that it cannot be substantially altered, or even demolished, but rather that listed building consent has to be applied for, and then the local planning authority has to balance the property's historic significance against other issues such as its function, condition or viability. 

Western elevation of Puget's Cottage
It is understood that listed building consent in respect of Timpson and Puget's Cottage behind, will shortly be applied for by the Hannington Lane developers. This application will propose the demolition of  Timpson  and full external restoration of the older Puget's Cottage behind. By virtue of such works a footpath will be established from North Street to Hannington Lane which passes alongside the western elevation of Puget's Cottage. The footpath will be paved with period brick setts.
The Timpson building is in poor condition, has been substantially altered inside and what remains of its original structure may be hidden. Prior to any demolition, a full structural survey is proposed to record for posterity all details of historical significance.
The original proposal for the Timpson site showing the new footpath to the right.

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