We took this photo of Kings Court – near the level crossing – a couple of weeks ago. We were going to publish it with the comment that the work to convert the building into flats seemed to have ground to a halt. We’ve not seen anything happening there for quite a while.
But, to our surprise, a planning application has just emerged. It’s for “Consent for the erection of non-illuminated hoarding adverts for a temporary period of 12 months”. As far as we can tell, it’s to replace the current unattractive black hoarding with one that will carry advertisement for the new flats.
What’s a little surprising to us is that the application was received by the council as far back as last December. Rather more surprising – or perhaps not – it seems likely that the ground enclosed by the hoarding, which once upon a time was the site of the magistrate’s court, is owned by the same company that’s developing the building. This used not to be the case; we remember the magistrate’s court site being advertised for sale by auction perhaps a year ago.