What next for Undershaw??

UPDATE: For the latest on Undershaw see this post.

I've had a comment on Twitter where I was asked - what next for Undershaw?

All I can do here is speculate based on what I know as I’m not on the inside.

The first thing to remember is that the owners of Undershaw still own it. The court decision has not changed that. What has changed is the commercial value of the house. A house without planning permission is worth a lot less than one with planning permission.

So what are the possible outcomes?

The owners could draft and submit new plans taking care to address all the oversights that led to their previous planning permission being thrown out. Whether they are prepared to do this is anyone’s guess. However they are clearly looking to ensure that they don’t lose money or they would not have appealed in the first place.

They could just give up and put the house on the market. However the chances of someone buying it are minimal without planning permission to convert it.

The only person who would find it attractive is someone who was prepared to restore it as a single structure for either residential or commercial purposes. Needless to say this will be an enormous financial undertaking.

So what is desperately needed now is an individual or organisation with both the money and the will to undertake this task.

UPDATE: For the latest on Undershaw see this post.

1 comment:

  1. At the very least, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief that there will be no development of Undershaw in the near future. As for the long term, only time will tell.