Homes bid for town’s ex-council chamber

Alnwick Council Chamber
Alnwick Council Chamber

A scheme to convert Alnwick’s former council chamber into residential accommodation has been submitted to the county council.

Applicant Matthew Stock is behind the bid to bring the town-centre building, which is grade II-listed and known as the Old Post Office, back into use.

It is proposed to convert the property, on Clayport Street, into two new dwellings.

The first will occupy the original Georgian House and a small section of the old sorting office, and will be spread over three floors.

The bulk of the old sorting office, to the rear of the property, will form dwelling two, with all the accommodation at ground-floor level.

This scheme is a fresh approach to bringing the building back into use.

In 2016, we reported that the-then applicant, Mike Rogerson, wanted to transform it into a restaurant and flats.

But now, the new applicant has other ideas, and the plan is purely residential.

A design and access statement says: ‘Our emphasis is to try to maximise open-plan accommodation where we can and opt for larger room sizes. There will be little change to the external appearance of the original house other than general repair and improvements. The main façade will benefit from a facelift.’

It adds that the restoration and re-use of the building ‘is essential to protect and enhance the building for future generations’.

The site would be served by an existing access from Clayport Street under an archway to the side of the building and there would be provision for four car-parking spaces.