CHARTERED BUILDING SURVEYORS
Sandby etching from mid 18th century showing detailed view of a Merchant's House which is still present to this day in the Stew building.
Peter Napier and Co
The Stew, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury.
In 2006 Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council appointed Napier and Co to advise them on the condition of two buildings, The Stew and The Maltings, both of which were the subject of separate planning applications for demolition and redevelopment of the sites. A similar application submitted in 2014 was refused.
In both cases the applicants claimed that they were in such poor condition that demolition was the only financially viable option.
The Stew is not a listed building but it is situated in a conservation area and together with The Maltings it is regarded as making a positive contribution to the conservation area by virtue of its physical appearance and also because with The Maltings it is only one of two buildings remaining in this area connected to the river trade of the late 17th to early 19th centuries and acting as a reminder of the previous industrial character of the area.
Following a detailed inspection of each building in 2006 we reported that in both cases the buildings were capable of being repaired and reused.
Planning applications relating to the Stew submitted in 2004; 2006 and 2014 were all refused. That submitted for the Maltings in 2006 was also refused. Subsequently The Maltings refusal was appealed and after a four day Public Inquiry the inspector dismissed the appeal.
During 2015, the Stew decision was considered at a 15 day Public Inquiry spread over a number of months. The Planning Inspector decided to REFUSE the appeal. The decision can be downloaded here.
The crux of the appeal was whether the demolition of the building would ‘harm’ the conservation area and whether a new hotel would provide benefits that will outweigh that harm.
As proposed within 2013 application.
Napier & Co developed counter proposals to the above design, to show what could be done if the building was to be retained and added to, rather than demolished.