Regeneration option for landmark building

Submitted: 20th April 2012

A PROMINENT derelict building on the edge of Glossop town centre may be included in a multi-million pound development scheme.

Owned by High Peak Borough Council, Easton House was let as offices for many years but has stood empty for nearly a decade.

Hopes for the building were raised in recent months when the council entered into discussions with a potential buyer who then decided not to proceed.

Now, the council has invited prospective developers of the neighbouring eight-and-a-half acre Woods Mill area to think about including Easton House in the regeneration proposals they are working on for the local authority’s consideration.

The council’s executive will choose a development partner in June and, by the end of July, the council and developer will have carefully considered whether Easton House can be refurbished as part of the overall scheme. If so, it is likely that responsibility for the building will be transferred to the developer. If not, the council will put the property back on the open market.

The council’s executive is set to rubberstamp the proposed approach when it meets on Tuesday (April 24).

In February, the council published a prospectus challenging developers to say how they would devise plans for a major regeneration scheme of the Woods Mills area, and why they were best placed to help the council achieve the regeneration of a critical town centre area.

The prospectus said that a mix of retail, business, housing and leisure uses would be considered.

The council is looking to support a scheme that will:

  • Be a high-quality design reflecting and enhancing the area’s architectural qualities
  • Increase town centre footfall and encourage visitors and shoppers to stay longer
  • Improve the council-owned Glossop Leisure Centre, which occupies part of the area.

The land lies next to Howard Town Mill, where work is underway on a major redevelopment which will include a Marks and Spencer Simply Food store, 62-room Travelodge hotel and 49 residential apartments, complemented by other retail and leisure uses.

Tim Norton, executive councillor for corporate services, said: “Easton House isn’t listed but it’s a prominent, architecturally attractive building in Glossop Conservation Area. That’s why we’re exploring options to have it included in the Woods Mill scheme that will transform one of Glossop’s last large-scale areas requiring regeneration.

“The Woods Mill area has been under used for a long time but has a high concentration of historical buildings which are important to Glossop’s townscape and heritage. We believe that Easton House falls into this category of building, and that the Woods Mill scheme offers a real opportunity to secure a viable future for it”, he explained.

The Woods Mill development site extends from Howard Town Mill in the west to Easton House in the east, and includes the former Volcrepe premises of Woods Mill, Eastern Mill and derelict carding sheds north of Mill Street.

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