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Future of historic Warwick landmark hangs in the balance

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Warwick District Council’s Conservation team is now deeply concerned about the future of one of Warwick’s most important historic buildings following the objection by the owners to the Council’s Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). Since being purchased privately more than 30 years ago, the medieval Leper Hospital situated in Saltisford has laid in ruins with no definitive plans coming forward for its regeneration.

Following numerous approaches to purchase the land for a planned restoration of the Grade II listed site, the Council were left with no option other than to serve a CPO in its efforts to protect the historic buildings.

Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Development Councillor John Cooke commented;

“With the ownership of a listed building such as the Leper Hospital comes the responsibility of its custodianship. In this case, the building, which is an important part of Warwick’s heritage, is now at risk. We, therefore, have no choice but to proceed with the CPO process.”

Cllr Cooke added, “The District Council remains committed to keeping an open dialogue with the owners to see whether (even at this late stage) mutually acceptable terms can be agreed.”

 

Written by: David Watkins

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