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  • Residential development opportunity
  • Grade II Listed former Sunday School and Cottage
  • Planning consent for four dwellings
  • Unique redevelopment/conversion opportunity
  • Situated in the heart of Launceston
  • Mix of three and four bedroom dwellings
  • Mains services available
  • No affordable housing contribution

Property description

Development opportunity in “Cornwall’s finest Georgian Street” (John Betjeman). Grade II Listed former Sunday School and Cottage. Planning consent for four town houses (superb design drawings available). Unique opportunity to add to historic street at heart of  Cornwall's ancient capital through redevelopment or conversion. Mix of three and four bedroom properties. Amenity space and off road parking for each dwelling. Mains services available. No affordable housing / off site contribution requirement.

Castle Street at the heart of old Launceston is tranquil and sheltered, yet convenient to the social, commercial and shopping facilities of the town centre.

Huddled around a Norman Castle the pretty Medieval streets of  Launceston have a rich collection of listed town buildings.  The centre provides a range of social, commercial and shopping facilities with many superb boutique local shops and typical former market town  historic charm.  

Launceston enjoys a good balance of travel distance east and west to the pretty cities of Exeter and Truro with Plymouth a similar distance to the south. There is good access to M5 motorway link, Intercity Rail Link, International Airport and Continental Ferry Port.   

Midway between north and south coasts in the Tamar Valley which dissects Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor there is scenery of outstanding natural beauty in all directions easily reached from the town. To the east, the wild open spaces of Dartmoor National Park, running south towards Plymouth are the hidden treasures of the Tamar Valley steeped in 18th century mining history and renowned for salmon fishing.  To the west is Bodmin Moor ideal for walking and riding and to the north the rugged North Cornish and North Devon coastlines with surfing beaches and quaint former fishing villages

The Sunday School and Cottage is a Grade II Listed building. The frontage part of this building designed by Otho Peter is to be retained and incorporated within the redevelopment. The remainder and     majority of the Sunday School may be demolished, if desired. 

The Sunday School (and subsequently Unit 4) front onto the historic Northgate Street, which provides a pedestrianised walking route to the town centre. 

A clever lovely design for the redevelopment of the site has been produced by local architects;

Parkes Lees,  
4 Broad Street 
Launceston
Cornwall
PL15  8AD
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who have created a blend in the development sympathetic to the  existing street scenery in terms of mass, ‘higgledy piggeldy’ interrelationship, roof profiles and  materials.

Due to the sensitivity of the site  detailed discussions have been held with Cornwall Council Planning Department, Cornwall Council  Conservation Officer, Cornwall Highways Department and Historic England. 

The Scheduled Monument  Society commented;

‘This is a case where for the design of the houses, borrowing from the local vernacular is entirely justified. The varied frontages onto Castle Street and Northgate Street, and offer a thoughtful and contextual reinvigoration of the  townscape.  The rather complicated cobbled steps where the two streets converge is a picturesque  response to the contours’.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Planning Consent has been granted for the redevelopment without an element of Affordable housing or off-site contribution for such. This allows a developer the margin to create dwellings sympathetic to the historic street scape. John Betjeman described Castle Street as having “the most perfect collection of 18th century Georgian buildings in Cornwall” . This included the former Eagle House Hotel, (the subject of  a Charles Causley poem) and terminating in the ancient Castle Gate beyond which lies the beautiful Castle green beneath the towns fantastic hilltop Norman Castle ruin.

PROPERTIES ENVISAGED
The planning consent consists of the following property types;

Castle Street Sunday School Site Units 1 to 4; 

Unit 1 – end terrace, 2.5 storey, 3 bedroom,1 bathroom, with kitchen diner / living room, 1 off road but road-side parking space.
Unit 2 – mid terrace, 3.5 storey, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1 reception, with kitchen / dining room, 1 off road but road-side parking space.
Unit 3 – mid terrace, 3.5 storey, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1 reception, with kitchen / dining room, 1 off road but road-side parking space.
Unit 4 – corner terrace, 3.5 storey, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1 reception, with kitchen / dining room, 1 off road / road-side parking space.

PLANNING CONSENT / LISTED BUILDING CONSENT 
Planning and Listed Building consent was granted by Cornwall Council under cover of Application and decision No’s PA16/02588 and PA16/02589 for this site and a nearby former Chapel site. 

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