Historic Conygre House set to be converted into flats - but exterior will be preserved, councillors told
Published on: 29 Mar 2016
Conygre House, one of the last reminders of historic Filton, could be converted into flats - but the exterior of the 17th Century building will be preserved.
The building, at the bottom of Conygre Road near the junction with Filton Avenue, is a 400-year-old former farmhouse and has been the subject of considerable debate for several years.
Owners South Glos Council decided to sell the building in 2005 and there were hopes in 2013 that a counselling organisation would take it over.
That deal fell through, leaving the building and gardens with an uncertain future but now developers Bristol Property Partnership have revealed plans to convert the building into eight flats, a mix of one and two bedroom, with parking spaces.
Ashley Rigg, from the company, told Filton Town Council that the exterior, which groups like Friends of Conygre House feared would be lost if the building were bulldozed, would remain with modern flats built.
He said: “We want to restore Conygre House to its former glory. There will be eight flats built to very high specifications.”
He said that it was possible the company could make future applications for the grounds.
Councillors said they supported the developer but Cllr Anne Kenyon asked Mr Rigg to ensure the historic intergrity of the building was preserved.
Councillor Keith Briffett, pictured, chair of Friends of Conygre House, said: “The house will be saved and 10 years of us trying to save the building have come true.”
The plans will now be subject to usual scrutiny and will need to be approved by South Glos Council planners.
Back in 2013, Filton residents packed into a meeting of South Glos Council at which they persuaded councillors not to sell the building off for possible demolition.
At the time councillors voted unanimously to sell the landmark house to counselling organisation Network Counselling for £250,000 - the lower of two bids on the table.
Councillors were told that the building should remain a community asset.
Mr Briffett said then it was a victory for democracy.
A public meeting organised by Cllr Briffett will be held to discuss the plans on Thursday, April 14 at 7.30pm at Bethany Chapel on Filton Avenue