Plans to convert the former Town Hall site in Ulverston have been approved by planners at a meeting on the 5th December 2017.
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) earmarked the building for disposal back in 2015 and the building have been steadily vacated during the last 18 months. During this time, SLH was approached to submit a proposal for an affordable housing scheme on the site.
The decision by SLDC’s Planning Committee means that contractors can now be appointed to carry out a sensitive conversion of the empty building into nine apartments and the development of a new apartment block to the rear to provide a further eight homes.
Following consultation, the design for the scheme was changed to reflect the overall scale and design of the new buildings, and impacts upon the conservation area and local amenity considerations. This included a reduction of one unit and providing additional car parking at Queen’s Court. The scheme was supported by Ulverston Town Council, the Historical Environment Officer amongst others but there were concerns raised by some local residents about the loss of architectural features which SLH is keen to further explore. The Association has appointed a firm of local architects who specialises in converting historical building and hopes to be able to work with interested parties in finding appropriate new homes for these important features.
Cath Purdy, Chief Executive of South Lakes Housing said “We are pleased that we will be able to develop much-needed affordable homes in Ulverston. The scheme will be a mix of one and two bed apartments which will be of a high quality and sensitive to the design of the original building. We are hopeful of appointing contractors soon and starting on site in the new year”.