GRAND plans to renovate an important historic building in Romsey are due to go up for public consultation.

Design firm ep projects is inviting residents to have their say on their plans to refurbish Romsey Railway Station's Master's House in Station Approach.

The firm is working with charity Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership to bring forward a community use of the Grade II listed building, which has lay derelict for many years.

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Several plans have been previously made to refurbish the house over many years, including plans to turn it into a youth hostel, however none have got off the ground due to a whole host of reasons including economic viability.

Gary Wilburn, managing director at the design firm, said they hoped the new plans would create a project that suits the needs of the community, while also adhering to Railway Industry conditions.

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He said: '"Our team are focussed on Net Zero Carbon, regenerative and positive impact projects which benefit local community and the sustainable resilience of historic buildings. This will be undertaken sensitively to allow the reopening of valuable and historic sites. We are also working on projects at Woolston and Shawford Stations where refurbishment will begin very soon.

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“Nick Farthing, chair of the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership, and rail officer Mark Miller are delighted to have this opportunity to work together with stakeholders and the residents of Romsey, in determining a way forward for the use of this most important building.

"So, please come along to Romsey Town Hall on either Friday, February 11 or Saturday, February 12 and share your ideas with us, so as to create a deliverable design that we can all be proud to be associated with”.

ep projects has been appointed as lead consultants on the refurbishment and regeneration of the building.

Representatives from the firm along with The Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership will be in attendance at the public consultation to answer questions.

Presentation boards will be available for viewing at Romsey Town Hall:

Friday, February 11 - 9.30am until 5pm.

Saturday, February 12 - 9.30am until 1pm.

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