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Halstead: Residential plan for former hostel
9:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
The conversion of a listed building from a supported living hostel to residential use could compromise a historic building, it has been warned.
An application has been lodged to convert the grade II* listed Trinity House, in Trinity Street, Halstead.
Trinity House had been operated by the mental health charity Nacro until its services were moved to Pavilion Court, Bocking, in July.
Following the move, the building’s owner, Braintree Council, has sought to sell it.
Essex County Council conservation consultant David Andrews said: “There can be no objection to a change of use to residential.
“However there can be no doubt that this would bring the building under pressure, particularly if it were to be subdivided as would probably be the case.
“One readily identifiable problem is the existence of only one staircase in so large a property.”
According to property consultants Jocelyn Chase, the building could be converted into two units or luxury apartments, subject to planning approval.
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