Ob­jec­tions to Quays plans

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

The Peter­bor­ough Civic So­ci­ety has claimed the plans to trans­form Whit­worth Mill into an arts cen­tre, and build a new 160-room ho­tel in the Flet­ton Quays devel­op­ment would be out of char­ac­ter - and called for the cur­rent plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to be re­jected.

How­ever, coun­cil­lor Peter Hiller, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for growth, plan­ning, hous­ing and eco­nomic devel­op­ment, said the plans were vi­tal for the growth of the devel­op­ment and the city.

Ken Mehmed, from the Civic So­ci­ety, said: “The Civic So­ci­ety fully sup­ports the prin­ci­ple of both these pro­pos­als but has se­ri­ous reser­va­tions about some as­pects of the de­tailed de­signs which are of vi­tal im­por­tance to the im­pact these build­ings will make to the image of the city.”

He said prob­lems with the plans for Whit­worth Mill in­volved the lobby/stair­well ex­ten­sion on the west side of the build­ing. He said: “It is this west el­e­va­tion, with its twin ped­i­ments which es­tab­lishes the image and ar­chi­tec­tural char­ac­ter of the mill.

He added: “The twin gable sil­hou­ette will be lost, to be re­placed by a plain ver­ti­cally ribbed metal clad tower.”

Mr Mehmed also said the de­sign of the Hil­ton Ho­tel would lead to ‘a mas­sive lump of a build­ing.’

But, Cllr Hiller said the coun­cil had to take more into ac­count than just the looks of the build­ings. He said: “Whilst we fully re­spect the Civic So­ci­ety’s views, we have to look at the site not only with an aes­thetic view, but also from a com­mer­cial point of view.”

Cllr Peter Hiller

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