THE NEW owner of the former MPG Printgroup premises in Bodmin’s Victoria Square is to apply for planning permission to build 67 houses on the site.
Prospect Estates purchased the 3.27-acre site on Lostwithiel Road, its first acquisition in Cornwall, from administrator BDO, and the company has now commissioned an architect to draw up plans.
The property includes a grade two listed building dating back to the 1890s, formerly used as a military barracks.
Prospect Estates’ regional acquisitions manager Rob Cooke said: “Cornwall is a new area for us and we saw an opportunity.
“We have commissioned an architect and we are now waiting for planning permission, which we hope to receive by the end of this month.
“It’s a nice scheme; the planners have been very
receptive and if we get the go ahead we will sell the site to a developer, and we’ve had a few inquiries so far.”
Mr Cooke said he is confident some of the properties on the site would be affordable.
“We will have to work that through with the planners and it depends on things like land value and development costs, but that is certainly the aim,” he said.
Steve Rogerson, Cornwall councillor for Bodmin’s St Petroc ward, said he would like any prospective development to take the current parking problems in the area into account.
“I’ve yet to see the plans but my only concern is parking; I’d like to see planners accommodate sufficient parking as part of the development, as it’s an issue in that area.”
Last May 60 jobs were lost from the Bodmin factory of the MPG Printgroup.