Courthouse future dashed

Courthouse future dashed

Courthouse future dashed

First published 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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10:19am Mon 10 Mar 14

bloke down the pub says...

If you wanted the building to be used for "The Community" why sell it.
If you wanted the building to be used for "The Community" why sell it. bloke down the pub
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11:32am Mon 10 Mar 14

barnabyp says...

Was it going to be a private house, or a school? They're rather different in planning terms.
Was it going to be a private house, or a school? They're rather different in planning terms. barnabyp
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1:21pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Barleymow says...

"Officers said the change of use would be against planning policy as the area is expected to have a future demand for businesses " - Because all the other derelict business sites in Harwich are just overwhelmed by the demand for them. I think not.
"Officers said the change of use would be against planning policy as the area is expected to have a future demand for businesses " - Because all the other derelict business sites in Harwich are just overwhelmed by the demand for them. I think not. Barleymow
  • Score: 2

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