Tower block scheme de­layed not de­railed

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By NICK REINIS

AM­BI­TIOUS plans to build a 12-storey block of flats on land owned by a city rail­way mu­seum have been de­layed by the re­ces­sion.

An ap­pli­ca­tion for con­struc­tion of the tower block and other homes on six acres of dis­used land, off River Lane, close to the River Nene, was to have been sub­mit­ted to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil by last De­cem­ber.

How­ever, the eco­nomic down­turn has pushed the project back.

Now, con­tracts for the sale of the land are be­ing rene­go­ti­ated – but char­ity rail mu­seum Railworld, which owns the site, is hop­ing a deal can soon be struck.

It wants to sell the land to hous­ing de­vel­op­ers Al­maren to raise cash to­wards its new £10 mil­lion Tran­sEco Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

The sale would also al­low St Ives-based Al­maren to start work on the-scheme which would see the tower, dom­i­nate Peter­bor­ough’s sky­line as the city’s tallest build­ing.

The whole devel­op­ment would see Al­maren con­struct a range of homes – 278 one and two bed­room flats, 20 three-bed­room houses and 10 four-bed­room maisonettes.

Around £250,000 of the cash would be spent on im­prove­ments to junc­tions at Thorpe Road and River Lane to cater for the in­creased traf­fic flow.

The pres­i­dent of Railworld, the Rev Richard Paten, said they were cur­rently locked in de­tailed ne­go­ti­a­tions with Al­maren over the con­tract to buy the land.

They agreed a priced of around £6 mil­lion for the plot back in March 2007.

How­ever, Rev Paten said: “Al­maren came back to us just un­der a year ago say­ing the sit­u­a­tion had changed and they want to re-ne­go­ti­ate the con­tract with us.

“We were un­der­stand­ing with them and the new con­tract is nearly signed. It’s frus­trat­ing, but that’s the way of the world.

“We are very con­fi­dent in spite of the dif­fi­cul­ties that it is go­ing to hap­pen.”

The Tran­sEco Ex­hi­bi­tion Centr would ed­u­cate peo­ple on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, as well as re­hous­ing Railworld’s ex­ist­ing trans­port dis­plays.

Rev Paten added: “We hope that the Tran­sEco cen­tre will be some­thing for the whole of Peter­bor­ough.”

Al­maren were un­able to com­ment at the time of go­ing to press.

ARTISTS’ IM­PRES­SION: How Railworld’s Tran­sEco Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre could look.

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