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Plan to breathe new life into

town’s Old Mission Hall

    By Andrea Kirk  

A DILAPEDATED Hornsea building could be transformed as plans for its conversion into seven apartments have been submitted to East Riding Council.

The Old Mission Hall is a large building on Southgate built in 1808, but in more recent years it has been used as commercial storage. Since then the building has remained empty and has become derelict with gaps in the roof, boarded up sections, and smashed and missing windows. The existing roof is sagging with missing roof tiles and the design, access and heritage statement submitted states that these along with failed brickwork have created: ‘extensive water penetration into the building fabric and allowed pigeons to enter the property causing extensive contamination.’

The application is for the demolition of dilapidated outbuildings to the rear, alterations and a rear extension to form seven residential apartments. Six of the apartments are planned to have two bedrooms and the seventh would be a one-bedroom apartment.

Proposed internal floorplans submitted with the application show three single-floor apartments on the ground floor, one with a single bedroom. On the first floor are the remaining four apartments, all of whichare two bedroomed, with three of these split over two floors, having their bedrooms up on the second floor. Overlooking surrounding properties from the second floors is prevented with roof lights added at a height where overlooking is not possible.

Access to the apartments is proposed to be from a new level pathway from King Street and a stepped and ramped access from Southgate with the downstairs apartments providing facilities making them suitable for disabled people with the first-floor apartments suited to able-bodied residents.

The application states that pre-application advice was sought by an East Riding Council officer who said conversion to residential use is acceptable in principle with the main part of the building retained as much as possible. The plans include the retaining and repairing of the main building along with a new timber roof structure whilst maintaining the size and external appearance of the existing roof.

"Due to the prominance and historic nature of this building the intention is to adapt and re-use as much of the existing building as possible,” the application says.

New double-glazed timber framed windows and door are to be installed on the Southgate side to match the design of the original building and both the original building and proposed extension plan to be covered in interlocking clay pan tiles in red terracotta to match the original Mission Hall.

Car parking will be at the rear of the building where there are currently two spaces, this will be extended to provide seven spaces. The application site lies within the Hornsea Conservation Area.

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