Chesterfield and District Civic Society
Civic Society backs retirement flats
plan for Brampton Manor
Chesterfield and District Civic Society, which is regularly invited by the Borough Council to comment on major planning applications affecting historic buildings in the town, has written to the council supporting the conversion of Brampton Manor on Old Road into six retirement apartments. Until recently the property was a private members’ club.
‘We believe this is an excellent scheme’, commented the society’s chairman, Philip Riden. ‘It preserves the external appearance of the main house, built in about 1600 by a wealthy local lead merchant, Godfrey Watkinson, and secures the future of an adjoining cruck-framed barn, which is a scheduled ancient monument as well as a listed building’. The society also likes the proposed landscaping of the grounds, which will replace much of the present car-parking with lawns and a new driveway.
The society is less happy with an ‘archaeological assessment’ submitted by the developer. According to Mr Riden, this says little or nothing about the history of Brampton Manor or its owners. To put the record straight, the society has mounted a short history of the property on its website.