Longstone Centre Back On The Market

Longstone Heritage Centre

Longstone Heritage Centre

Plans to transform the former Longstone Heritage Centre by a Hertfordshire-based Scilly lover are still being pursued, despite the property being promoted for sale in a national publication.

Last September, councillors approved Wendy Clarke’s application to develop the building as new, affordable accommodation for school and environmental group parties.

Members gave permission for a single-storey bunkhouse for up to 20 beds and a 4-bedroom staff accommodation block.

Council chairman Mike Hicks spoke against the proposal, however, claiming he could not support low cost accommodation when the islands were trying to pursue quality tourism.

This week, Longstone’s lease has been marketed at £195,000 in the property magazine, Daltons Weekly.

Wendy told Radio Scilly that she was made aware that the property was going to be re-advertised.

She says she has stayed in contact with vendor Sonia Scott and added that the planning permission was the first step and that, “there is an amount of background work for such a new project to bring to a successful conclusion for all parties.”

Sonia says Wendy remains committed to the bunkhouse project but, “it’s not sold till the purchaser has signed on the dotted line and it’s always wise to keep your options open.”


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