Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Dear Snape Parish Councillors,
Since the acquisition of the whole Snape Maltings site, we have been clear about the organisation’s ambition to grow its unique role as an international creative campus as well as establish a centre for music, health and wellbeing. We want to use the opportunity for the regeneration of the site (of which 25% is currently derelict) to help our not-for-profit organisation deliver substantial public benefits and achieve future financial resilience. We are therefore currently assessing options for a site masterplan beyond 2022.
Solving one of the site’s major flaws – car parking – is a particularly difficult challenge in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
It was helpful and good to see so many Snape residents at our meeting at the Maltings on 28th February. We organised that meeting because we wanted to communicate with our neighbours about the project at the earliest possible stage. It is too early for a formal planning process, but we do want to continue the dialogue with you all. So we plan to organise another open meeting on or around 19th April, and will take advice from Snape PC as how best to handle consultation beyond that. We are also keen to work with the PC’s traffic committee on all issues affecting the village both now and in the future.
We are keen to hear, and fully understand and respect, all views about the way in which the site may develop. It is also extremely important to us that any scheme for the site and its surroundings preserves the landscape character, ecology and views. The design and ecology team has been challenged to investigate if it is possible to produce a net environmental gain. We need to explore all ideas (including parking) to determine whether they are too difficult or too costly to achieve. We have no desire to surround ourselves with planning consultants and communications agencies and will always be available to discuss any issues or concerns in person.
Harry Young and Roger Wright