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Deal set to save historic Tiptree home
3:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A DILAPIDATED listed building which has not been touched in more than 25 years could be saved after plans were put forward by a specialist charity.
The Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust wants to take on Brook House, in Tiptree, in order to restore and sell it on as a home.
As part of the deal, it would also allow landowner Stephen Purdy to build a crescent of homes. It is not known exactly how many homes would be built.
Douglas Blain, trust secretary, said: “We specialise in taking on basket case buildings and restoring then.
“For us, Brook House is a piece of cake.
“We are not at all deterred by the state of the building.
“All that matters from our point of view is that we can get a price for the house at the end of the project, that is quite key for us to make the project viable.”
He added: “Once we would take it on, we would use our own builders, so we would save costs there.”
It had been thought restoring the 18th-century building would cost £1.3million, but Mr Blain said the trust could do the work for much less than £1million.
A meeting on the project took place yesterday, between planning agent Steven English, the trust and Colchester Council.
Tim Young, borough councillor responsible for planning, said: “Our role is going between the trust and the landowner.
“We want this to progress.
“It would save money on restoring what is one of the borough’s historic buildings, which would be a real boost.”
Terry Slater, chairman of Tiptree Parish Council, added: “We have known for a short period that there would be no renovation on Brook House unless other development takes place on the site, which the parish council is now prepared for.
“The parish council would not necessarily be against the proposal at all.”
Planning agent Steven English refused to comment on the plans.
Owner J Purdy and Sons bought the building in 2009 and submitted initial plans to demolish the building.
But they were withdrawn following opposition from residents and conservation groups.
A report by a structural engineer also found the building could be saved and restored.
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