Calls to save historic building
AN ORGANISATION that attempts to save historic buildings in the county has urged Cornwall Council to hold fire in allowing Bodmin's Foster Hall to be bulldozed.
Owners Community First Cornwall and leaseholders the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust want to demolish the Silvanus Trevail-designed landmark and have asked the local authority to decide on a screening opinion.
Due to the nature of this process there will be no consultation with the public, town council or local interest groups.
The Cornish Buildings Group fears a decision to allow the building to be demolished will soon be made and are now calling on the council to carry out an environmental impact study as a way of saving it.
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Paul Holden, chairman of the Cornish Building Group, said: "We have twice tried to get this building listed with English Heritage as we feel it is a good piece of architecture, by a regionally important architect, on an important site and with huge social significance but that has failed.
"The group also feels that the site has potential for other use, particularly as part of any future development of that site.
"We are calling for Cornwall Council to seriously consider an Environmental Impact Assessment on the site, which may be the last route to save this important part of the local heritage.''
Cornwall Council said this week that a decision on the screening opinion had yet to be made.
The NHS trust said it needs to redevelop the site and that requires Foster Hall to be demolished, and that it had explored developing the former St Lawrence's Hospital buildings but this was not possible.