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Revised plans for Raven Hotel to be put on display
8:40am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
PLANS to rejuvenate Droitwich Spa’s historic Raven Hotel have been revised following a public consultation exercise.
The updated proposals for the redevelopment of the town centre site will be unveiled in the tourist information centre, Victoria Square, from Wednesday, August 28 to Saturday, August 31.
The changes follow a well-attended exhibition at Droitwich Community Hall in May as well as further discussions with groups, residents and council officials.
Developers hope plans for the property will bring more visitors and jobs to the town centre. Conservation architects have also been brought in to make sure designs fit the current building.
The Raven has been closed since January 2010 when a decision was taken to move all business from the hotel in St Andrew's Street to sister hotel The Chateau Impney.
Now, Comparo Limited, a joint venture partner of new owners, Greyfort Properties Limited, is preparing plans to bring life back into the original 16th century manor house and surrounding land.
The Raven became a hotel in the 19th century when in the ownership of John Corbett, the Salt King. Twentieth century additions have not aged well and Comparo intends to redevelop these sections as well as land to the rear of the site.
“This is expected to be the last public exhibition before we submit a planning application,” said Jonathan Orton of Origin3, planning consultants for the project.
“Overall, there was a really positive response to the first proposals and we have taken the comments and concerns of immediate neighbours into account when making revisions.”
Another hotel on the Raven site is unlikely, but developers are discussing the possibility of a national pub group or a restaurant occupying the ground floor of the historic building.
New buildings will include retail and other commercial space as well as residential space at the rear.
The display of the latest proposals will be unmanned. Anyone with queries is invited to contact Matt Seaman at Origin3 at firstname.lastname@example.org Droitwich’s Tourist Information Centre, St Richard’s House, Victoria Square, will be open from Wednesday, August 28 to Friday, August 30 from 10am to 4pm and on Saturday, August 31 from 10am to 1.30pm.
For those who can’t visit the centre, the display material will be kept by Droitwich Spa Town Council from September 2.
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