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Courthouse future dashed
7:30am Monday 10th March 2014 in News
A NEW international music school for future pianist stars has been dashed after planners rejected a bid to transform a former courthouse into a home.
Despite support for the plans to turn the former Magistrates Court in Main Road, Dovercourt into a single-occupancy house, Tendring Council has rejected the bid.
Officers said the change of use would be against planning policy as the area is expected to have a future demand for businesses and that turning it into a home would mean the loss of a community facility.
But the owner, who had agreed to buy the defunct building subject to planning permission being given, had hoped to transform it to a high end music school.
Ian Cresswell, a negotiator for More Estate Agents in Dovercourt, which had sold the site, said: "On behalf of the buyer I'm very disappointed and I think the people of Harwich and Dovercourt will be disappointed aswell."
Harwich Town councillor Jo Henderson, said: "It will be another derelict building we have to live with when someone wanted to turn it into somewhere better," she said.
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