Plea for public to get involved over future of Ulverston mansion house
Last updated at 16:12, Wednesday, 22 January 2014
HISTORY enthusiasts have encouraged Ulverston residents to have their say over proposals to redevelop an landmark building in South Cumbria.
A public consultation on plans to convert Stone Cross Mansion in Ulverston into 20 self-contained apartments opens tomorrow and will continue until February 13.
Members of the public will be asked for their opinion on the development, which also includes a proposal to build 52 houses on the 18 acre sight.
The plans have been submitted by property development firm Charles Church, which is owned by national company Persimmon Homes.
Jan Hancock, chairwoman of Ulverston Heritage First said: “Obviously, from a heritage point of view, we are concerned that the integrity of the house is kept as much as it can be.
“It is an important building and it is part of Ulverston’s heritage and it would be a shame if it was allowed to be irretrievably altered.”
Mrs Hancock called on others to voice their concerns about the future of the building during the consultation period.
“I would like people to be involved because it is an Ulverston asset and people in Ulverston should be bothered about it and should care about it.
“I do realise that if something isn’t done very soon it could become derelict but we don’t want over-development up there.
“We’ll certainly be involved in trying to maintain the status quo.”
The grade-II listed building, which lies within the Ulverston Conservation Area, was built in 1874 for Myles Kennedy, a prominent Furness businessman.
The building was later used as a special school but has been unused since 2004 after a fire and numerous acts of vandalism caused major damage.
In a heritage report issued by Charles Church, the developer argues that the work may improve the overall appearance of the mansion: “The objective has been to retain the fundamental character of the country house setting and minimise the extent of alterations to the surviving fabric.
“The scheme also includes the demolition of unsightly modern additions to the nineteenth century building, along with the sensitive re-use of character defining spaces.”
First published at 16:11, Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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This is an "Ulverston asset"? In what way has it benefitted Ulverston in the last decade? It's more likely been a drain on the town councils budget doing mandatory minimal repairs to it to stop it falling down!
If you're that concerened about it then put some money into doing it up and open it to the public as the stately home is used to be, then make money from it! (with a discount for Ulverston residents so it can, then, benefit ulverston!)