Charity report says flats should not be built

PUBLISHED: 12:57 11 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 May 2010

Gunnells

Gunnells

A CHARITY has recommended a house of local interest should not be demolished and replaced with flats. BEAMS, a building preservation charity, said, in a report to Stevenage Borough Council that the loss of Gunnells in Fairview Road would be regretted

A CHARITY has recommended a house of "local interest" should not be demolished and replaced with flats.

BEAMS, a building preservation charity, said, in a report to Stevenage Borough Council that the loss of Gunnells in Fairview Road "would be regretted".

But Gunnells does not have any protection by way of being statutory listed, locally listed or within a conservation area.

English Heritage rejected a request by residents to list it as it failed to meet their criteria.

Regarding the proposed redevelopment the BEAMS report states the flats would mean big changes for Fairview Road.

It said: "The changes will be substantial. The large front garden and some trees will disappear as a three storey unit will be located in line with the remainder of the frontage along Fairview Road and a new access road introduced."

It also states that the new building will be too large, "architecturally disappointing" and recommends the application should be refused.

A spokesman for Fairview Road Residents Association (FRRA) said: "We are delighted that an independent conservation expert has confirmed what the residents have been saying over the past six months.

"The way forward is for Stevenage Borough Council to list the building locally, giving it protection for the future. We await with interest the response from the council."

A council spokesman said: "We are now considering the comments that we have recently received from BEAMS in order to decide how to progress the determination of the planning application in question.

"To enable us to properly consider this matter, the application will not be reported to the planning and development committee until its meeting on June 19 at the earliest.

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