The Potential Demolishment of One of Cheltenham’s Most Recognisable Buildings Raises Fears

 

The historic town centre Dowty House site, located on St Margaret’s Road and Monson Avenue, dates back to 1866, but its flats may be going down as plans to demolish it have been submitted to the borough council.

A planning application from Marcus Homes Ltd requests permission to use the site to create 28 flats.

Some of the newer extensions at the location would be demolished, including what was one of the town’s best-known care homes, until the Lilian Faithfull Care charity closed it earlier this year. This closure disappointed some Cheltenham residents, raising resident’s fears that it may lead to the old building’s complete demolishment to foster redevelopment.

A report within the application says that the main building would be renovated, restoring its windows and repairing the roof. It adds, “The proposed extension would take the form of a courtyard style development to the north of the main building. It would be mainly three-storey although would step down to two-storey in the north-east corner of the site. The extension would be of contemporary design but with traditional features, such as pitched roofs, a high wall-to-window ratio, and gabled dormers.”

In the application, it is stressed that while the Dowty House was not listed, the redevelopment process would respect its historic nature, saying, “Dowty House as a non-designated heritage asset would be unharmed as a result of the proposals and the conservation area would be preserved or enhanced.”

 

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