Restoration of Faversham's Engine Sheds and their Conservation through Community and Public Use.

We have a preapp for the redevelopment of the listed railway sheds - full details are here - there is much to do.


"In our view vehicular access could be provided to the engine shed for temporary use by
construction traffic for the restoration of the Grade 2 Listed Engine Shed and for subsequent
public access and servicing of a potential community facility within the engine shed building.
The future use of the Grade 2 listed building is currently undefined. However, your submission
suggests it would be put to the following uses and access improvements: -

  • ‘Community and commercial use of the building to secure the longterm maintenance
    and conservation;
  • A youth and adult community facility in the east of the town where there is very
    inadequate provision to meet the needs of existing residents and those in the new
    southeast Faversham area;
  • Opening the site with road access from Windermere creates an opportunity to secure
    a cycling, walking and wheelchair/pushchair route from the east of the town via a new
    ramp and existing steps to the long bridge and down to the former sidings area for
    access to the station or existing steps to the recreation ground. A ramp access to the
    long bridge at 3 points is envisaged.
  • Opening up the long bridge would also improve secure access and reduce the fear of
    crime.’
  • The future use and restoration works will require planning permission and listed building
    consent. I would advise you to seek further pre-application advice on the matters before the
    formal submission of applications to reduce your planning risks."

We submitted a PreApp back in November:

"The Faversham Community Land Trust is concerned both with locally affordable housing and
with the development and conservation of buildings that have community value.
We recognise that we need to undertake a process of public consultation, particularly to the
east of the town and more widely, to seek views about the use to which the list engine
sheds might best be put. We envisage a leaflet drop and an exhibition before firm decisions
about the use of the buildings can be made. We recognise that this is an ambitious and
complex long-term project. We shall need to mount a major fundraising campaign and build
the strong public support essential to this.
The public benefits are

  • Restoration of the heritage assets (currently at risk) and an increase in Faversham's railway
    heritage
  • Community and commercial use of the buildings to secure their long-term maintenance and
    conservation
  • a youth and adult community facility in the east of the town where there is very inadequate
    provision to meet the needs of existing residents and the those in the new southeast
    Faversham area.
  • Opening the site with road access from Windermere creates an opportunity to secure a
    cycling, walking and wheelchair/pushchair route from the east of the town via a new ramp
    and existing steps to the long-bridge and then down into the former sidings yard area for
    access to the station or the exiting steps to the Rec. We envisage ramped access to the long
    bridge at three points and have discussed the practicalities of this with George Wilson the
    developers of the sidings.
  • Opening up access to the long bridge and increasing its use will go a long way to reducing
    both the fear and risk of mugging

    We are submitting this pre app as we do not want to raise public expectations or undertake
    a detailed site investigation nor scope the regeneration potential of the land or buildings as
    this detailed work would in our view be premature ahead of securing the principle of access
    to the site. Our ambition is to secure community use and benefit in the buildings supported
    by enabling mixed-use development on the land.

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