Shame' to pull down workshop

PUBLISHED: 11:10 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 14:49 12 May 2010

THE demolition of a disused workshop would be a shame , councillors have been told. And members of Royston Town Council s planning committee want to see the building remain - and improved. They objected to a scheme to demolish the workshop on a site in K

THE demolition of a disused workshop would be a "shame", councillors have been told.

And members of Royston Town Council's planning committee want to see the building remain - and improved.

They objected to a scheme to demolish the workshop on a site in Kneesworth Street, Royston, which is in the town centre conservation area.

The site was once used by the Royston Garden Machinery company.

A planning application involved demolishing all the buildings on the site and building six one-bedroom flats in a two-storey block.

But councillors were worried about problems of access to the site and difficulties in parking.

They believed that the existing buildings could be modernised with a "decent design".

Cllr Paul Grimes said: "It seems a shame for it to be torn down although at the moment it does look in a bad shape."

And Cllr Rod Kennedy described it as "a difficult site".

"It seems it's not a viable commercial site," he said.

- Councillors supported a plan to build two homes on a site between 31 and 33 Mill Road, Royston.

This was despite an objection from residents about the impact on the neighbouring properties and an increase in parking in the area.

Cllr Rod Kennedy said that the scheme did not seem to be out of keeping with the street scene.

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