I'll build as many houses as I can on site of derelict Brook House in Tiptree

Gazette: I'll build as many houses as I can on site of derelict Brook House in Tiptree I'll build as many houses as I can on site of derelict Brook House in Tiptree

A DEVELOPER says he will build as many homes as possible on the site of a dilapidated listed building.

Colchester Council had hoped to join forces with the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust to restore Brook House, in Tiptree.

The trust, which specialises in restoring buildings which are in a dire need of repair, has decided it is not worth saving the 18th- century home, which has been derelict for 25 years.

It paves the way for owner J Purdy and Sons, which bought Brook House, in Maldon Road, in 2009, to submit plans to build homes on the site.

Jimmy Purdy, who runs the company, said: “It is four years and a lot of money wasted.

“I told the council the place was falling down and wasn’t salvageable and there was no point in keeping it up.

“Now, I would love to get as many houses as I can on it.”

Mr Purdy had hoped to demolish the home and build houses soon after he bought it, but plans were rejected following opposition from residents and conservation groups.

A report by a structural engineer also stated the building could be saved and restored.

Mr Purdy said: “We could be four years further on from where we are now, but they said it could be restored and they even made me scaffold it to make it safe.

“That’s money I won’t be seeing again.”

Douglas Blain, the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust secretary, visited the site in October and told the Gazette the trust could restore the building for less than £1million and sell it as a home.

Mr Purdy would also have been allowed to build a small crescent of homes.

Tim Young, borough councillor responsible for culture, said the trust had backed out. He said: “The trust has said Brook House is more or less falling down completely and for an organisation which specialises is restoring buildings which are falling down to say that, I’m surprised.”

The building is in the process of being de-listed, which would make it easier to get planning permission to knock it down.

Mr Young said: “We’re now expecting to see a planning application from the owners to come in.”

He plans to meet with Tiptree representatives to gauge public views on the house’s future.

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4:16pm Tue 21 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Why? There are enough people about who can afford a decent detached house in lanscaped gardens who would move to tiptree.Build two or three homes that would enhance the area, for a change.
Why? There are enough people about who can afford a decent detached house in lanscaped gardens who would move to tiptree.Build two or three homes that would enhance the area, for a change. stevedawson
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1:38am Wed 22 Jan 14

Boris says...

It has been reported several times that during Mr Purdy's ownership the roof of Brook House mysteriously collapsed and thus water got in and aggravated the already parlous state of the house.
Mr Purdy whines about "four years and a lot of money wasted", but this is routine for a property speculator, so any sympathy would be misplaced.
If he is really going to be allowed to demolish Brook House and build lots of houses on the site, they should all be "affordable" (whatever that may mean), and he should be making a very large section 106 contribution to some useful project for Tiptree.
It has been reported several times that during Mr Purdy's ownership the roof of Brook House mysteriously collapsed and thus water got in and aggravated the already parlous state of the house. Mr Purdy whines about "four years and a lot of money wasted", but this is routine for a property speculator, so any sympathy would be misplaced. If he is really going to be allowed to demolish Brook House and build lots of houses on the site, they should all be "affordable" (whatever that may mean), and he should be making a very large section 106 contribution to some useful project for Tiptree. Boris
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3:50am Wed 22 Jan 14

carnuts says...

The year before he bought it, and before the site was fenced of my nephew and I had a look around it, OK it needed some TLC but the gutters and roof were intact at the back, suddenly all the roof and gutters at the rear dissapeared to let the weather in.
Shame we didn't have a camera with us.
The year before he bought it, and before the site was fenced of my nephew and I had a look around it, OK it needed some TLC but the gutters and roof were intact at the back, suddenly all the roof and gutters at the rear dissapeared to let the weather in. Shame we didn't have a camera with us. carnuts
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9:32am Wed 22 Jan 14

Valid comment says...

Than goodness he can now do something with the property HE OWNS!
Stop saving old buildings and move on with your lives. If it's so important to save an old building, then go and buy one and spend a fortune on it yourself.

No?...not prepared to?... not got the money? Then don't expect others to do your work for you.
Think before you reply to this.
What would you do if some busybody told you to reinstate that old disgusting 1970 gas fire you took out, or put back that 1960's kitchen, and while your at it, take down that conservatory which didn't exist on the original house.

Build modern houses and stop looking back with rose tinted glasses to a time when houses were cold and drafty, and let people save a house if they want...or knock it down if they don't.
Than goodness he can now do something with the property HE OWNS! Stop saving old buildings and move on with your lives. If it's so important to save an old building, then go and buy one and spend a fortune on it yourself. No?...not prepared to?... not got the money? Then don't expect others to do your work for you. Think before you reply to this. What would you do if some busybody told you to reinstate that old disgusting 1970 gas fire you took out, or put back that 1960's kitchen, and while your at it, take down that conservatory which didn't exist on the original house. Build modern houses and stop looking back with rose tinted glasses to a time when houses were cold and drafty, and let people save a house if they want...or knock it down if they don't. Valid comment
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