Time called on Letchworth Garden Square Shopping Centre clock

The clock at the entrance of the Letchworth Garden Square Shopping centre is being knocked down

The clock at the entrance of the Letchworth Garden Square Shopping centre is being knocked down - Credit: Archant

The developers fitting a new front to the Garden Square Shopping Centre in Letchworth have confirmed they have no plans to include a replacement clock on the entrance.

Praxis Real Estate Management Ltd.,

Praxis Real Estate Management Ltd., - Credit: Archant

Members of North Herts District Council planning control committee approved an application put forward by Praxis Real Estate Management Ltd on behalf of the land’s leaseholders Rodez Ltd, to build 47 flats and two shops in Letchworth town centre.

The proposal involves the conversion of Commerce House and the demolition of two vacant shops in Leys Avenue to make way for a four-storey building looking out onto Leys Square, as well as the installation of a new front to the Garden Square Shopping Centre.

Portfolio holder for planning and enterprise Councillor David Levett said: “The developer of the Commerce Way scheme does not plan to replace the clock at the entrance to the Garden Square shopping centre. When discussed by councillors it was not considered a significant issue in terms of the planning application put forward.”

Also under discussion at the Letchworth Area Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 23, was an amendment to the application involving the exterior of the Commerce House after its conversion.


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Praxis Real Estate Management Ltd senior asset manager Katherine Croom said: “We were delighted to secure planning approval for our scheme earlier this month, however concerns were raised by elected members concerning the modern zinc cladding to the Commerce House elevation.

“We have now consulted with the Letchworth Area Committee and are very pleased to receive positive feedback on our revised designs. The façade will now be clad in brick with timber clad details, and a red clay roof.”

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