The Secretary of State has given the go ahead to transform Corsham’s Mansion House into a digital innovation and business hub, which will create jobs and opportunities for the local area. The plans to transform the landmark building into a hub for digital and innovation opportunities was approved by Wiltshire Council in May. The council had set out conditions to ensure the £2.5m redevelopment project would be sympathetic to the building while creating an exciting hub for business.
As two statutory consultees raised concerns, the listed building consent was referred to the Secretary of State. Now the Department for Communities and Local Government has granted that consent.
Chuck Berry, cabinet member for economic development said: “This is very good news for Corsham and for Wiltshire.
“As a council we are committed to embracing the digital economy and ensuring Wiltshire is at the forefront of innovation and technology.
“This approval from government means this empty building will be transformed into a digital hub which will create jobs, opportunities and attract investment into the area.
“We are mindful there are concerns on how we bring modern innovation into a heritage setting but we are confident by following the careful planning requirements we can maintain this beautiful site while creating real opportunities for the town.”
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