Plans to demolish historic buildings

By Martin Neville

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Plans to demolish historic buildings

The Broadway Centre in Sandown. Isle of Wight Council planning officers have recommended refusal of plans to demolish it. Picture by Robin Crossley.

UPDATED 16:10*

PLANS to demolish two historic buildings in Sandown to make way for new development have been recommended for refusal by Isle of Wight Council planning officers.

Sandown Town Council wants to knock down the 19th century Broadway Centre and Los Altos buildings and build five houses and a community centre.

Town councillors claim the existing buildings are expensive to run and maintain and not fit for purpose.

They said upgrading the buildings would not be an effective use of taxpayers’ money, which would be better spent on a new one.

But in a report to go before the Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee tonight (Tuesday), officers said the development would result in the loss of heritage.

They said the town council had not robustly demonstrated the public benefits would outweigh the loss of the buildings, or that the existing buildings could not be adapted for alternative use.

It was also said the proposal would harm the setting of the adjacent, listed Christ Church and the character and appearance of the area.

The proposed single-storey community centre would primarily be used by the town council for offices and meeting rooms but would also be available for hire.

Solar panels and bat boxes would be installed while internally the layout would comprise a hall, meeting rooms, clerk’s office, changing rooms, toilet and kitchen facilities.

The houses would be laid out as two pairs of semi-detached, two-storey houses and one detached home.

The plans also include the creation of 26 car parking spaces with access to the site from Old Reservoir Lane.

Nine residents have objected to the development or raised concerns about aspects of the proposal. There was one letter of support.

*A decision on the plans was this afternoon (Tuesday) posponed to a future meeting.



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by Mike Crowe

18th December 2013, at 19:45:52

"""acres and acres of green""" at present.

and rapidly disappearing.

When do we stop? When there is no green? Have to then!

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by Don Mackintosh

18th December 2013, at 19:41:50

For goodness sake, just flatten the eyesore and build something more useful in it's place. For those that claim the Island is being covered in concrete and roofs I suggest they go to any high spot and open their eyes, acres and acres of green! Housing and facilities are needed for an ever increasing population so accept it. The fact that many of the moaners on here would have been 6 feet under at their age a few years ago only goes to reinforce the fact that populations are growing at a nearly unsustainable rate. Just think, the buildings of today will be the heritage of the future.

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by David Blackford

18th December 2013, at 09:27:48

Postpone - you mean procrastinate
Mark Twain once said: - "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.“

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18th December 2013, at 01:15:43

Yes this should be refused the go ahead-
I would'nt mind it having change of use to residential on the condition that the period buildings are saved and remain the same to the front elevation view

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by Scott Angles

17th December 2013, at 19:01:32

But why not two supermarkets?! I love those reduced sections!

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

17th December 2013, at 18:36:10

I am all in favour of removing old vbuilding that no longer have a use...The Broadway Centre is not one of them.

PS we have a supermarket opening up just around the corner at The Manor Pub Site

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

17th December 2013, at 18:35:12

The Town Council (some of them) are driving this developement. It is only a few years ago that they received a grant to improve the building...they never did and have the money hidden away in an account...thee has been no real public consultation over what to do with OUR building...the questionaire in the Chronicle resulted in 11 responses. When the plans for a redevelopement were made clear, the public demonstration so embarrased the council that they now discuss it behind closed doors.....This is the last building (now Grove Road School has gone) of the periods educational has been purposely underused and unde radvertised as a venue.

Spend the money they have having the windows and heatin sorted and get the Scouts, Beavers etc out of the shed in Fitzry street...get a decent youth club started there...actually properly adevertise the Town Council meetings that take place there and get the building used.

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by Scott Angles

17th December 2013, at 17:48:34

*plays The Red Flag*

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by Mike Crowe

17th December 2013, at 17:05:32

Where is the growth in a Labour Party Office? A telephone kiosk will do for that.

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by Scott Angles

17th December 2013, at 17:02:12

The building has to go, and people have to have something which offers jobs and growth. I vote an Aldi-like supermarket, a Poundland or a Labour Party office :)

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