Flagship office building slammed
- Published 09/07/12 6:00 am
The scheme involves a new, part two, part three, storey office building on the site of the Bank Park Depot, off Kendrick Street, within the Town Hall Conservation Area.
It would mean demolition of existing buildings on the site, including the locally listed but derelict Crosfields Conservatory
But English Heritage - who claim they were not consulted prior to the planning application being submitted - are critical of the proposal because of the historical context of the site and also the design of the building.
They recommend the application be withdrawn "until such time as a scheme is produced which more clearly enhances the conservation area and the setting of the Town Hall."
However, planning officers are recommending the plans be approved when they come before the borough council's development management committee on Thursday.
Nearby residents have objected on the grounds that the land was originally gifted to the town as a park - including the depot area.
Local councillor Steve Parish questions why the site has not been considered part of the Town Hall curtilate, which would have meant it was part of a Listed Building.
He notes that the designers of the new building claim to have taken into account other nearby buildings, including the Town Hall, in their design.
Cllr Parish says: "I am not sure how well they have succeeded, but it remains a fairly unremarkable modern office building."
Pictured: The Bank Park depot, showing the overgrown and derelict conservatory.