Old Stable – View from NW
Bishop Wordsworth’s School (“BWS”) has applied to convert the Georgian old stable at No.11 The Close into residential use. The Society takes the view that this application as it stands is inadequate in terms of the detail as to how the historic fabric of this Grade 2* property will be safe-guarded.
The application should be withdrawn and resubmitted.
It is crucial that a revised application takes full account of the historic fabric of this building, its restoration, and adapts/reuses it sympathetically.
Since the Society’s first objection (link here) the planning application has been withdrawn.
However, we believe that a suitably revised planning application is approriate in view of the extensive repairs required to save the building. In anticipation of this and after consultation with English Heritage an additional objection has been submitted. (Link here)
The Society appreciates that Bishop Wordsworth’s School (“BWS”) might want a return on its investment in restoring this building (‘the Stables”) and that it wishes to apply for a residential use. However, the Society would be opposed to “use as an AirBnB type facility during the school holidays” mentioned in the Design Statement.