A developer is in early pre-application talks with SEBC planners including the Conservation Officer on the subject of this land by the record office, currently a car park. On the basis of draft plans, which I have seen, comments have already been made by them. When these are received by the developer there will be a non-statutory informal consultation process set up for neighbours and councillors. Only then will there be a planning applicatiion, and this will be the subject of a full Development Control committee meeting held in public. The developer is well known to SEBC for small scale developments and has been working locally for several years.
The whole car park and Weymed building area is to be utilised, leaving the right of way for The Manor House. (It is thought that a parking area behind the police station, recently granted planning consent for a car park, may be the quid pro quo for the loss of SEBC car park, but this is another matter!)
There are 17 units of varying sizes envisaged at present, though this may reduce for the application. Clearly some in St Mary's Square and Sparhawk Street will be affected more than others, and some will gain from the loss of the old building.
A crescent of eight 3 ½ story units is planned for the perimeter wall, which would be removed. These are at present very high indeed – about 13.5m on the car park side and as much as 15.5m on the outer side. The substation will go, but it is not known where to.
Between the gardens of 3, 4 and 4A St Mary's Square and the Manor House there would be further units. The record office remains, but obviously could be developed in future.
Watch this space, as ever, for more news.