Assembly Rooms balcony plans passed

The part of the Assembly Rooms where the hidden walled terrace is planned to go.
The part of the Assembly Rooms where the hidden walled terrace is planned to go.

Boston’s historic Assembly Rooms are set to get a new balcony round the back to accommodate people outside.

Boston Borough Council’s planning committee this afternoon (Tuesday) approved listed building consent and a planning application to erect a first floor balcony and remove a second floor flat roof to form a walled terrace.

The changes to the Haven-facing side will be made to the newer part of the Assembly Rooms and will also involve removing a chimney breast which was described as ‘crumbling’ and replacing two windows with French doors.

Owner Matt Clark said the aim was to help control the usage of the property by keeping people from leaving the Assembly Rooms and coming back in via the main entrance.

He said: “The primary driver of the application is the late night licensed activities. We’re hoping to do a better job of controlling people within the property and believe this would provide a facility to the patrons within.”

He said the ‘hidden walled terrace’, which would be supported by four cast iron columns painted dark grey, would ‘retain the regency style of the building’.

Concerns were raised over the height of the balustrades around the terrace, with a minimum height of 900mm mentioned in the planning application. Coun Alison Austin commented that that height barely came up to her waist and councillors spoke about the safety of late night revellers - particularly as it was mentioned the balcony could open until 3am initially.

Officers were asked to find out the minimum safe height for the balustrades and apply a condition for that to be met.

Other concerns were raised over noise and opening times but the planning committee was told these were felt to be better dealt with through licensing which could be ‘more reactive’.

Councillors passed the plans unanimously.

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