Saffron Walden Castle regeneration masterplan revealed

12:40 21 March 2014

An artist

An artist's impression of what the castle could look like.

Archant

A masterplan to transform Walden Castle into a hive of tourist activity has been revealed.

Last year, the Reporter exclusively revealed that plans were afoot to spend in the region of £400,000 on restoring the scheduled monument.

Uttlesford District Council (UDC), which is leading the project, has also proposed to light up the 12th century Norman castle to make it more attractive and enhance its position in the town.

The inside of the castle is to be opened up for visitors, while interpretation boards and a welcome sign will also be introduced. There will be upgrades made to the entrance, with the installation of a new gate and the removal of trees, to make it more inviting.

UDC is legally obliged, by English Heritage, to carry out the extensive repairs.

It is likely to take two to three years for all the work to be completed.

Assistant director of planning at UDC, Andrew Taylor, presented the masterplan to members of Saffron Walden Town Council last week.

He dismissed the possibility of the grounds surrounding the castle being used for anything other than open space.

Cllr Cliff Treadwell had suggested it be turned into a car park to meet the town’s need for more parking spaces.

“It’s something we did actually look at when there was a need for a temporary car park [to cover the proposed loss of parking spaces while Waitrose underwent its refurbishment],” Mr Taylor said.

“However it was quickly dismissed by English Heritage. They said they would not allow it.”

0 comments

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Hannah overcame depression to become a beauty pageant winner.

Years of bullying left Hannah Poulton, 18, unable to even leave the house. But now, seven years on, her life is back on track after she stepped into the limelight.

Friday, January 30, 2015

The policing precept is set to rise by 1.99 per cent, following approval by the Essex Police and Crime Panel.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
A hand-knitted booby hat similar to the one worn by the woman who was insulted in Tesco.

Knitters across the country are being called on to take up their needles in aid of a breast cancer campaign which has spread like wildfire in a matter of hours.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Cllr Susan Barker and Adrian Cannard, Director of Strategy at the LEP, at Junction 8 of the M11.

One million pounds is to be spent on upgrading the M11 at Junction 8 over the next five years.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition today E-edition

Most read stories