Residents still opposing loss of historic cottage

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PLANS to build three four-bedroom homes in Trinity are likely to meet with opposition.

Ville à l'Évêque Cottage in Trinity. Picture: Fred Benest (28728993)

Bridgewater Homes have applied to demolish Ville à l’Evêque Cottage on Rue de la Monnaie and construct new dwellings, garages and parking.

The application follows a previously rejected scheme for two four-bedroom houses and one five-bedroom house on the same site in 2019.

Trinity resident Jennifer Lawson, who opposed the previous plans, said: ‘The new proposal is virtually the same as the previous one – it doesn’t address the main concerns.’

In a planning design statement, the architects for the proposed development said: ‘Since the refusal notice was received, the applicants and their team have liaised very closely with both the planning officers and the HBO (Historic Building Officer) and have undertaken considerable work to amend the design to a stage where we believe that the scheme is now acceptable in all respects and successfully addresses the original reasons for refusal.

‘The design has been substantially amended (in very close consultation with the HBO) and full and comprehensive evidence has been supplied to justify the demolition of the existing building.’

Retired advocate Fred Benest, who also spoke against the previous proposal, said: ‘The reason local people feel so strongly is that it’s a landmark building in a prominent position beside the road and an integral part of the landscape.

‘It’s more of the same. The local residents are equally as concerned by this application as the old one because it will be a tragedy to lose this building.’

James Jeune

By James Jeune

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