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The palace of regeneration

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: November 23, 2009

The Duchy Palace, Lostwithiel, situated on the corner of Fore Street and Quay Street.

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JOBS, business and investment opportunities are planned for Lostwithiel through the regeneration of a national treasure. The Prince's Regeneration Trust has invited people to have a rare glimpse inside the Duchy Palace – Cornwall's ancient stannary parliament building – as part of consultation.

People were checking out restoration and regeneration proposals for the town's historic gem today between 4pm and 7pm, organised by the Prince's Regeneration Trust and the Cornwall Buildings Preservation Trust.

The regeneration team was on hand to answer questions and listen to the public's views about the design proposals they are working on with stakeholders.

Advantages and opportunities

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the Prince's Regeneration Trust said: "Our aim is to bring significant advantages and opportunities to Lostwithiel, creating jobs, introducing new business to the area for the benefit of other local traders and achieving private and public investment."

The grade one listed building is a unique part of Cornwall's history. The Duke of Cornwall's Palace was built at the end of the 13th century as the administrative centre for the Duchy of Cornwall.

It fell into ruin after the 17th century and surviving parts were divided up into separate properties. The building known as the Old Duchy Palace was the former convocation hall. The trust is working to implement a programme of restoration that will be sympathetic to its historic character and important medieval architecture.

The main hall will be used for commercial events like conferences, weddings, events and meetings with the undercroft available for heritage interpretation, supported by compatible retail space. Community groups will be able to hire the main hall.

Representatives from the trust, Cornwall Buildings Preservation Trust and architects Purcell Miller Tritton, were giving a presentation and question and answer sessions. The trust also welcomes written support and comments on the building's new uses. The information will be used to support the next stage in the regeneration work – submitting grant applications for funding to carry out the work along with a planning application. Both applications are expected to be submitted in December.

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