People given a first glimpse at plans to revamp a derelict Rooksdown hall into apartments (From Daily Echo)
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People given a first glimpse at plans to revamp a derelict Rooksdown hall into apartments
9:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
PLANS to convert a derelict hall into apartments and a community hall have gone on show to the public.
Taylor Wimpey showcased its proposals for Park Prewett Hall at a public exhibition in Rooksdown Community Centre, Basingstoke.
The company plans to transform the hall into a mix of residential and community use, with one end used for a hall and the other for apartments. There would be a total of 19 units combining one, two and three bedrooms.
Bill Luck, planning manager for Taylor Wimpey, said: “The external appearance won’t change much.”
He added the community space will be large enough to play badminton, and there will also be an outside area and a meeting room, which will complement the use of the current community centre.
He told The Gazette: “It could be used by playgroups. All along the lower level, the building will be extended and look a bit like a conservatory.”
The hall was initially secured for wholly community use as part of the original planning permissions for the Park Prewett site, but no parties came forward to operate it for this purpose.
Since 2007, Taylor Wimpey has been in discussions with Rooksdown Parish Council and the community association regarding the future of the hall, and a compromise was agreed to split it for community and residential use. The parish council will operate the community side of the hall.
Mr Luck said Taylor Wimpey hopes to submit a planning application soon with a view to working on the building mid 2014, if the borough council approves the plans.
Maya Martin, 35, from Trenchmead Gardens, Rooksdown, said: “I like the fact that there’s a big space for community use. It seems a shame for such a nice building to be derelict. I’m glad they are keeping the look of the building.”
Taylor Wimpey is also submitting an application to build 16 units and two retail units opposite the Co-op and Costa Coffee, and these plans were also on show at the exhibition. Permission has already been granted for four of these.
The area was originally planned to be used as a GP surgery and pharmacy, but since 2008, a GP surgery has operated in Park Prewett Road and the NHS has recently been granted planning permission to build a new surgery on that site, which it considers will better meet its operational needs.
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