07:00 Thursday 14 November 2013

Plans to renovate 'unsightly' outbuildings in Ely's Waterside

Written byJORDAN DAY

Ely's Waterside area. Ely's Waterside area.

Run-down outbuildings in one of Ely’s most sought after areas look set to be transformed into homes.

The former agricultural buildings at the centre of the plans are on land at the rear of 49-51, Waterside - in Ely’s conservation area.

East Cambridgeshire District Council has received a planning application for the outbuildings to be renovated into three residential dwellings complete with parking.

The proposals have four applicants - Mrs J Lavender, Mrs P Favell, Mrs F Nolan and Mr G Lavender.

In a statement to the council, their agents, Soham-based architects Andrew Fleet, described the current state of the site as “unsightly”.

They said: “The site and buildings are located within the development envelope for Ely and are also within the Ely Conservation Area.

“The site is surrounded by a mix of residential and commercial premises and is deemed to be a key site on the river frontage, being adjacent to the riverside walk and large green open space.

“There are three main single storey buildings on site worthy of retention and subsequent conversion.

“There are a number of other buildings present on the site, however these could be termed as either temporary structures or are in such a poor state of repair that retention and conversion would not be an option.”

The agents said all building materials used would be “of a nature very much in line with what you would expect to see within a conservation area”.

They added: “We are of the opinion that the proposals by nature of the conversions and minimal additions will have no impact on any significant heritage asset and will bring a redundant, unsightly site into good use.”

A decision could be made within eight weeks.

To have your say, visit www.eastcambs.gov.uk.

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