Council takes action to preserve historic building in Cirencester

Release date: 25 April 2018

Cotswold District Council has taken steps to protect the old Wilts and Glos Standard building which is located at 74 Dyer Street, Cirencester, by serving an Article 4 Direction.  The Direction will ensure that changes cannot be made to the building - particularly the older part which overlooks Dyer Street - without a planning application. 

74 Dyer Street, which is currently vacant, was built in 1904 as a newspaper office and it is a prominent and attractive building in the town centre.  It was designed by V.A. Lawson, a very influential local architect who was also responsible for a number of other important buildings in Cirencester, such as the former Bingham Library.  

Commenting on the serving of the Article 4 Direction, Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, CDC Cabinet Member for Heritage and Design issues, said:

“The Council considers that 74 Dyer Street contributes very strongly to the character of the Conservation Area and the local townscape – visually, architecturally and historically.”

Anyone wishing to comment on the Article 4 Direction should go to /about-the-council/having-your-say/consultations/ - the deadline for representations is the end of Monday 28 May 2018. The Council will consider all representations before taking a decision on whether or not to confirm the Direction.


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