Wipe-out: Cityheart propose demolition of Water Lane Hall

Water Lane Hall, in Bishop’s Stortford town centre, is proposed to be demolished by Cityheart, to pave over for Waitrose car parking. A planning application is expected at the end of November. This 100 year old former church hall:

– Is a registered Asset of Community Value;

– with a documented architectural and local historic interest;

– Providing the setting of listed buildings;

– Outside the agreed development site defined in Policy BISH 8.

‘…..the SPD, alongside the existing policies in the development plan, mean that any proposal will need to be of the highest quality, address issues holistically and demonstrate that all reasonable options have been considered.’  Sara Saunders, head of planning East Herts DC

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Character, adaptability, potential.

Water Lane Hall

Water Lane Hall

Water Lane Hall

Vision for the future

Transformation into a multi-purpose space, suitable for arts performance, rehearsal, workshops, classes, meetings, exhibitions and receptions. This would include changes to the entrance, access for equipment, studio lighting, flexible seating to accommodate up to 200 people.
Plans prepared for repairs, refurbishment and alteration to make a sound, efficient building.