In brief: Government Office for South West issues article 14 notice

The Government Office for the South West has issued an article 14 notice preventing planning consent from being granted for altering a mechanics institute at Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railway workers' village in Swindon. The holding order has been dispatched to allow officials to consider objections by English Heritage to developer Matthew Singh's plans for the institute, which has been derelict for 20 years. English Heritage is concerned that Singh's proposal to replace a brick theatre fly tower that was added to the building in the 1930s with a glass extension that will form part of a 118-bedroom hotel represents too big an alteration. A local trust is seeking to convert the building for community uses. Swindon Borough Council chief development manager David Potter said: "This is the first serious proposal that we have had for the site in 20 years."

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