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Solicitors not leaving town
A LONG-standing Malvern business that is looking to move out of its prominent town centre offices has assured clients it is not leaving town.
Russell and Co solicitors, which has been based at Holland House in Church Street for the last 60 years, confirmed it is looking at relocation after the submission of a planning application seeking to turn the Grade II Heritage listed site into housing.
Senior partner Jeremy Croshaw told the Gazette it was still early days and the firm does not have any potential new premises in mind.
“What it may mean for us is a relocation, perhaps somewhere a bit more modern,”
“But it is definitely not a closure and we are certainly not planning on severing our links with Malvern.
“This is a lovely building but it may be better suited to other purposes rather than a modern office.” The planning application, currently being considered by Malvern Hills District Council, proposes converting the two-storey building, which was built in the 1830s, into five two-bedroom apartments.
It proposes making “minimal alterations” to the original 19th century building while carrying out more extensive refurbishment of a later extension built in the 1960s.
Existing access from Church Street will be used and a statement submitted by planning agent Nick Carroll Architects in support of the application says: “It is anticipated this proposal will prove to be a sensitive and positive contribution to the character of the Great Malvern Conservation Area.”
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