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Newark: Concern over town centre conversion next to Governor's House

Concerns over a town centre conversion by the Governor’s House were noted by a planning committee.

Historic England objected to the application for seven flat conversions above shop units in St Mark’s Place in Newark.

Criticism included the plan for external stairs to the flats, which were said only to be one metre away from the Grade I listed Governor’s House.

The Governor's House, Newark. (44213854)
The Governor's House, Newark. (44213854)

“I was very concerned over the stairs,” said Lisa Geary, a member of Newark Town Council’s planning committee.

“The plans did not clearly show where they would be, but the example given was extremely ugly and the conservation people (Historic England) were saying it was only going to be one metre away from the Governor’s house — and would spoil the view of it.

“The other thing I noted was comments around making sure the properties were going to be warm, because they are very cold buildings — above very cold shops.

“I think it’s a good idea for people to live in the town centre and the flats themselves seem to be a reasonable size.”

Fellow member Gill Dawn said she wholeheartedly agreed with the application, and that any sort of residential use in the town centre was invaluable — as well as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour.

David Lloyd opposed objecting to the application.

He said: “I have a long-standing view, and we have very many premises around our town that prove this, that sometimes Historic England are curious beyond the point of pragmatism.

“Sometimes, the full and proper approach to absolute conservation jars against preventing crime and bringing people into town. I’m sure there’s a happy compromise.

“We should not object, but fully note their objection.”

Lisa Geary added she wanted the concerns about heating and insulation to also be noted, and considered.

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