Flagship Centre Bangor
PLANNING APPLICATION UPDATE - October 2022
PLANNING APPLICATION UPDATE - September 2022
HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT DIVISION AGREE TO REVISED FLAGSHIP PLAN
Thankfully the HED has given the thumbs up to the revised plan for the Flagships High Street facade.
The first drawings were rejected on the grounds that:-
“the large artworks proposed to ground floor windows in particular may have an adverse impact on the vista towards McKee Clock on High Street, which is a designed view and forms an important part of its wider setting. HED consider these oversized artworks shall likely form a competing focus on this vista, detracting from the McKee Clock if placed on the outside of the existing mirrored window finishes, rather than being behind a window.”
However, the new subtlety revised plan with the art murals placed behind the glass was accepted.
The HED went on to say:-
“Following receipt of revised information, we are content that artwork is to be positioned to the interior face of the windows i.e. behind the windows as this shall be less dominant than if it were to be positioned on the exterior. Additionally, we note a more neutral colour is now proposed for the high-level truss in lieu of the painted red colour and consider this shall be more sympathetic in the setting of the listed buildings (i.e. McKee Clock & Court House) and would exert no greater demonstrable harm than the existing arrangement.”
Hopefully the Council will complete the planning process without further delay.
PLANNING APPLICATION UPDATE - July 2022
HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT DIVISION (Historic Buildings) - Initial response to planning application:-
“...we consider the large artworks proposed to ground floor windows in particular may have an adverse impact on the vista towards McKee Clock on High Street, which is a designed view and forms an important part of its wider setting. HED consider these over-sized artworks shall likely form a competing focus on this vista, detracting from the McKee Clock if placed on the outside of the existing mirrored window finishes, rather than being behind a window.”
HED “...has considered the impacts of the proposal on the listed asset (i.e.McKee Clock) and on the basis of the information provided, advise: We consider the proposal, as presented, may have an adverse impact on the listed building.”
We retain and value historic buildings so that our lives may be enriched and to give us an overall sense of well-being and comfort. But it would appear that these “monuments” are being used to contain us, to dampen the joy and excitement of the new.
The Historic Environment Division appear to be a power unto themselves. Their judgements are often questionable, yet powerful, and will generally result in architects and developers spending considerable time and funds to diverge from their concept just to satisfy the back-room planners who probably have little knowledge of the current context and vibe of the area in question.
Often plans will have to be re-worked and re-submitted to the planning office even before our elected representatives have had an opportunity to discuss and reach an opinion on the issue in contention. And let's be clear, these are issues of aesthetics and in this case I would say that their ideological arguments against the Flagship plan do not stack up.
Note the vibrant billboard poster on the gable wall of Wolseys.
Note the vibrant 3-storey high mural - efectively a back-drop to McKee Clock
Note the large red illuminate sign (flashing stars)
Read the full HED Response Document:- (click below)
Flagship Developer's News Release - 24th June 2022
May 2022 - Planning Application
Flagship Centre Press Release - 4th April 2022
The Flagship Centre
17th August 2021:
It has been revealed by Brookland Property that they are now in possession of the Flagship Centre with immediate effect.
The centrally located scheme presents a landmark regeneration opportunity for the team at Brookland Property, and the Bangor town community. The locally based developer has transformational intentions for the substantial asset, with plans due to be announced before the end of the year.
The Owner/Diector of Brookland Property said...
“Our first priority will be to get the carpark back into use as soon as possible and we will be making an innovative proposal to Ards and North Down Borough Council imminently.
With my personal connection to the town, I’m delighted that the professional team also comprises two more Bangorians namely Drew Nesbitt, Partner with Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors and Mark Riddell from property agents Riddell McKibbin.”
Mark Riddell, sales agent for administrator Alex Kachani, explained:
“We are very pleased to complete the sale of flagship centre, Bangor to Brookland during what has been a challenging period for high streets and town centres across the country. Brookland have ambitious and achievable plans for the scheme which will enhance the wider town centre experience and which should reverse the recent increase in vacancy, building delinquency and anti-social issues in the town centre. The acquisition should be the regeneration kickstart that Bangor town centre needs and the fact that Brookland are based locally can only improve the prospects of delivering a successful repositioning of the town centre. We wish them every success in this exciting and necessary project.”
Geoff Thompson, President of Bangor Chamber of Commerce welcomed news of the new ownership: “This is a much-needed boost for Bangor’s town centre and will complement other major projects including the proposed development at Queen’s Parade and the regeneration of Bangor’s waterfront. Increased footfall and further incentives to visit the town are imperative to Bangor’s future success. We look forward to engaging with the new owners of the Flagship and wish them well with their latest venture.”
Contact Brookland Property on:- https://www.brooklandproperty.co.uk/