Developers locked in dispute over future of listed Friday Hill House in Chingford

Friday Hill House was designed by architect Lewis Vulliamy in 1839 and served as the manor house of the Heathcote family

Friday Hill House was designed by architect Lewis Vulliamy in 1839 and served as the manor house of the Heathcote family

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An ambitious project to restore a dilapidated 19th century manor house and set up a social enterprise has stalled after those involved became locked in a dispute over its future.

The freehold of Friday Hill House in Simmons Lane, Chingford, was bought in January last year after company Fortiore won the tender and planned to create a mix of residential and community facilities.

Later the company agreed a deal with developers Atlantic Property Management and created Friday Hil House (FHH) Ltd, but the two parties have now fallen out over the future use of the site.

Fortiore director Mark Wellings stepped down last year as a director of FHH Ltd, claiming Atlantic are pushing ahead with a plan for predominantly residential use.

He said: "I wanted to create a social enterprise offering inter-generational training skills by bringing together older people with young people to teach them practical skills.

"Thirty-three per cent of Fortiores profits would have been recycled back into the social enterprises set up to serve both the community and third sectors."

"But as director, you are liable for everything and that's why I resigned."

The site consists of the grade II listed manor house built in 1840, a stable block and brew house, and approximately two acres of land.

On Friday, Atlantic Property Management submitted a pre-application document to the council which outlines its plans to build six new dwellings, create 12 new flats within the manor house and a community centre.

Director Anastasios Alexandrou of Atlantic Property Management confirmed Mr Wellings had resigned last year but stated there was no litigation case between both parties.

"There is no litigation case between ourselves and Fortiore. There has been a breakdown of communication but we are determined to restore Friday Hill House and we plan to submit a planning application to the council in three weeks time." 

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10:15am Fri 20 Jun 14

Thunderbird4 says...

When is the Town Hall going to be sold to a developer? It would create many flats to help ease the housing problem.

All council meetings could be carried out on line, as a Webinar. I think the LBWF should launch this idea and be the flagship for the nation.

But seriously though folks; shame WF council doesn't have the know how, on how to use the buildings and public land that is in its care, on trust, but has only one idea; sell them off, because they can't be bothered to do, and do well, what councils were created for.

What will it do once it's sold everything? Will there be any need for a council? Yes. Flower beds and parks. Parks? What use are they . . . ?
When is the Town Hall going to be sold to a developer? It would create many flats to help ease the housing problem. All council meetings could be carried out on line, as a Webinar. I think the LBWF should launch this idea and be the flagship for the nation. But seriously though folks; shame WF council doesn't have the know how, on how to use the buildings and public land that is in its care, on trust, but has only one idea; sell them off, because they can't be bothered to do, and do well, what councils were created for. What will it do once it's sold everything? Will there be any need for a council? Yes. Flower beds and parks. Parks? What use are they . . . ? Thunderbird4
  • Score: 10

10:41am Fri 20 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Another example of failed Labour local government misadministration, no wonder the Granada fiasco is what it is. They never learn by their numerous mistakes, selling off historical buildings or failing to protect borough treasures.
Another example of failed Labour local government misadministration, no wonder the Granada fiasco is what it is. They never learn by their numerous mistakes, selling off historical buildings or failing to protect borough treasures. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

1:15pm Fri 20 Jun 14

chingford lad says...

But think about it, if the council somehow managed to obtain some brains they would be dangerous, that's my opinion & I`m sure I`m not alone in that thinking.
But think about it, if the council somehow managed to obtain some brains they would be dangerous, that's my opinion & I`m sure I`m not alone in that thinking. chingford lad
  • Score: 5

1:54am Sat 21 Jun 14

mdj says...

'The freehold of Friday Hill House in Simmons Lane, Chingford, was bought in January last year for £1million....The site consists of the grade II listed manor house built in 1840, a stable block and brew house, and approximately two acres of land.'

At this time a good-sized three-bedroom semi in Frederica Road could be bought for £600,000.

Was this valuation agreed for the Council by the same genius who valued three acres next to the North Circular at Zero, one wonders?


It's always worrying when disputes cause deadlock over the development of a Listed Building; let's hope the fire station isn't too far away.
'The freehold of Friday Hill House in Simmons Lane, Chingford, was bought in January last year for £1million....The site consists of the grade II listed manor house built in 1840, a stable block and brew house, and approximately two acres of land.' At this time a good-sized three-bedroom semi in Frederica Road could be bought for £600,000. Was this valuation agreed for the Council by the same genius who valued three acres next to the North Circular at Zero, one wonders? It's always worrying when disputes cause deadlock over the development of a Listed Building; let's hope the fire station isn't too far away. mdj
  • Score: 8

11:00pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Don't Give Up says...

MDJ's comments about the future of the fire station could be close to the mark as it was not long ago it was suggested the possibility it could become a mosque.
MDJ's comments about the future of the fire station could be close to the mark as it was not long ago it was suggested the possibility it could become a mosque. Don't Give Up
  • Score: 2

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