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Derelict Crown House in Banbury set to become apartments

Investment in rundown crown set to transform town.

A redundant eyesore which has blighted Banbury’s skyline for more than 20 years will be transformed into new apartments after Cherwell District Council purchased the site from Brickmort Developments.

Crown House, in Bridge Street, Banbury, has remained empty for more 26 years having previously provided office accommodation for Crown House Limited.

The site has now been purchased from Brickmort Developments by Cherwell District Council, which will use existing planning consent to deliver 51 one and two bedroom apartments alongside a ground floor coffee shop.

Cllr Lynn Pratt, Cherwell’s lead member for estates and the economy, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have purchased this site and are delighted to be able to use it to deliver housing opportunities in the heart of Banbury whilst demonstrating a commitment to regenerating the town centre. Crown House is one of the most prominent buildings in the centre of town and to see it brought back into use will not only improve the look of the site itself, but the entire skyline.

“There are generations of people who have grown up in Banbury who will only have ever known this as a redundant brownfield site. We are excited to bring about a new lease of life and positive legacy that will transform the town centre and the lives of the new residents who will live there.”

Prior to Cherwell purchasing the site, Brickmort Developments had secured planning permission to deliver the apartments and ground floor coffee shop. Work began earlier this year to begin regenerating the site, which will now be overseen by Cherwell as the new owners of the building.

The development will involve converting and extending the existing building to deliver the properties with work due to finished by the end of 2018. Car parking for residents will be provided as part of the development.

Shaun Savage, managing director of Brickmort Developments, said:

“Brickmort Developments and Cherwell District Council have again successfully worked in tandem, securing further residential accommodation in Banbury. After the success of the Town Centre House development, Brickmort Developments and Cherwell District Council have finalised terms on Crown House, which has stood empty for over 26 years. The development will allow 51 new apartments in the centre of town, as well as ground floor commercial space for a coffee shop.

“Brickmort Developments successfully acquired the site, secured the requisite planning, and instructed works to commence on the conversion and extension to the historic eye-sore in the centre of town. Cherwell District Council have now secured the long term ownership of Crown House and will complete the conversion and the new build element with completion of the conversion and landscaping due mid-2018.”

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