Writing to the Council on behalf of the group, Tony Taylor said: 'The Old Barracks are of important local historical and cultural significance. We strongly support the views of the Planning Officers that the applicant should be encouraged to accommodate the proposed end use without the need for wholesale demolition.'
'It will always be the case that incorporating and adapting existing buildings for new purposes is challenging and may involve additional expense. However, we feel that the local significance of this building fully justifies the effort required. We do not accept the applicant has fully explored the possibilities but has chosen to take the easy option to go for complete demolition.
The planning application can be viewed here and although general consultation ended on September 1st, comments directly to the Case Officer can still be made.
Further details about the building and local concerns can be found in our Topics Section.