Save Oakwell Park Main Building
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To Developers and Central Bedfordshire Council.
Please retain Oakwell Park House.
From the desk-based archaeological assessment within the application, Oakwell Park House is the main building on the south west half of the site. The house is a four bay two-storey under attic building constructed of red brick, with a pitched tiled roof. The right hand bay consists of a projected stepped gable utilising a decorative repeating grey brick lozenge design. Both the right hand bay and one of the central bays contains full height crenelated bay windows. Metal casement windows are present throughout, with stained glass designs incorporated into the bay windows to the front elevation. The northeast and northwest elevations are much more utilitarian in style incorporating Mock Tudor design elements. Both Jacobean style chimneys and more regular square chimneys can be seen to the rear elevation. Detail to the north-west elevation consists of non-distinctive gabled brick porch for the back door and coat of arms over the rear storage porch.
Oakwell House is in an area of significant development, with up to 1,850 other homes already being given outline planning permission, commonly known as "HRN2". The retention of Oakwell House, would provide a feature building of distinction amongst a backdrop of very modern buildings.
If retained, Oakwell House could become a focal point and used as a bar, restaurant, community building, or hotel, for example.
Your petitioners do strongly urge the developers to seek to retain Oakwell Park House, and make all effort to secure a buyer capable of securing a financially viable success for its future.
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