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Conygre House feasibilty study published

Posted on Friday 10th August 2012 at 7:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Conygre House, Conygre Road, Filton, Bristol.

The feasibility study into possible future community use of Conygre House has been published on the Filton Town Council website.

Publication of the report fulfils a promise made at the July Town Council meeting by representatives of the Friends of Conygre House group.

The campaigners, who would like to see the historic building retained for use by the local community, were given £1,500 by the Council to help commission the report. The balance of the £2,250 cost was found by the Friends through fundraising activities.

The report, written by Elaine Flint of Social Enterprise Works, was produced in March 2012.

South Gloucestershire Council, which owns the vacant building, has said it wants to realise £700k by disposing of the building but had until recently held back from marketing it in order to give the Friends time to explore the potential for community use of the site.

An independent informal assessment of the open market value of the building with current planning use suggested it might be worth just £300k.

The report consider various mixes of commercial, residential and community uses for the building but concludes that none of them would raise the capital target of £300k-£700k, even over an extended period.

More: Friends should be fully engaged in any ‘change of use’ consultation, says report »

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Conygre House to be offered for sale by South Glos Council

Posted on Thursday 26th July 2012 at 4:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Conygre House, Conygre Road, Filton, Bristol.

Plans to sell Conygre House in Filton are to move forward after feasibility studies showed that it would not be possible to retain it as a sustainable community facility.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says it has worked closely with community group the Friends of Conygre House to consider options to retain the house for the local community after it was vacated by its previous tenants.

However, despite extensive work by the Friends group including a detailed feasibility study, none of the options were found to be capable of delivering a long term, financially sustainable project.

South Gloucestershire Council Director of Corporate Resources Dave Perry said:

“The Friends of Conygre House have worked tirelessly to identify options to retain the house for the local community and the council has been very supportive of this work.”

“We are all disappointed that it was not possible to identify a financially sustainable approach to retaining the house but having exhausted all options we must now move forward with its sale.”

“We are very grateful to the Friends group for all the hard work they have put into this project, but are sure they will continue to work locally for the benefit of the community.”

More: Sale is a "reflection of austere times" »

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