Friday, January 12, 2007

Brewery flats plan go-ahead

Royal Oak now CottonClub (1990)
Originally uploaded by A G 1.
[Excerpt from the Metro News, 12/1/07]
Local Housing Association Equity Housing Group will convert and extend the former Royal Oak Brewery, on Cooper Street, off Higher Hillgate, near the town centre.

Two new wings will be added to the existing brewery building, providing 51 flats around a courtyard. The ramshackle chimney, engine house and the former Mineral Water Company building on the site will be demolished.

Councillors on the planning committee approved the bid, despite concerns from the conservation officer about the demolitions and the need to respect the character and appearance of the remaining buildings. They are recognised as buildings of local historical and architectural value.

[Click here to see the full Metro News article.]