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Following successful legal action to stop the demolition of a spectacular piece of early cinema architecture, SAVE Britain’s Heritage now publishes an alternative scheme for reusing the site, which will preserve the striking cinema frontage built in the form of a Roman Triumphal Arch while allowing much needed new housing to be built on the adjacent empty site.
The Sandonia Cinema on Sandon Road is a showpiece of the pioneer years of cinema in Stafford but is now subject to a planning application by its owner to demolish the 1920 building, which has drawn over 100 public letters of objection.
In response, SAVE has commissioned architect Sean Pemble to produce an alternative scheme retaining the grand 1920s frontage and filling the gap site next to it with a new sympathetically designed frontage with the same proportions and detailing as the 1920s building. The designs include a new archway which would allow access from Sandon Road through to the site behind, which could be used for new housing, as desired by the site owner.
As with any development / redevelopment it will be paid for by the developer / future owner of the site.And who are they expecting to pay for that....
As with any development / redevelopment it will be paid for by the developer / future owner of the site.
The current owner has made no attempt to sell the building / land, hence why it appears on no property agency sites. In my opinion, the owner has purposely let the property fall into decline in the belief that it would increase his chances of being allowed to demolish the building and redevelop the site.
Disappointingly, the council through their inaction have allowed that to happen until now.
Grants are available to the council and future developer, if applied for, to help towards the cost of the development.