Concern over heritage danger

I AM concerned that an application for the change of use and erection of an ugly modern extension to one of Godmanchester s leading landmarks, the former Crossing Keeper s Cottage in Bridge Place, is likely to go through unopposed simply because the publi

I AM concerned that an application for the change of use and erection of an ugly modern extension to one of Godmanchester's leading landmarks, the former Crossing Keeper's Cottage in Bridge Place, is likely to go through unopposed simply because the public is unaware of the proposal.

The cottage is listed as being of historic and architectural importance, being of unique design. It is also the last remaining link with Godmanchester railway, closed in 1959.

Bridge Place is a small cul-de-sac of individual historic listed properties in a prominent position at the south end of the river bridge, the very gateway to the historic town of Godmanchester.

With the exception of the former railway hotel, currently used as offices, these are exclusively in residential occupation.


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There is no designated parking for any of these properties, and all available space is already colonised by the office staff.

The company now proposes to expand its operation by erecting a vast modern glass box over the entire garden of number 22.

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The cottage itself is unsuitable for commercial use as it does not comply with modern building and health and safety regulations.

If the development is allowed to go ahead, it will dominate the existing building and detract from the appearance of the area to the detriment of other properties and everyone who currently enjoys the view of this conservation area.

Miss C PRYOR, The Avenue, Godmanchester

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