Paradisio project, King of Prussia, Bovey Tracey

Devon: transforming a derelict town centre pub into bar and cinema

New plans to convert a former pub in Bovey Tracey into a new 118-seat cinema theatre with a café, bar and a restaurant have been proposed.

Artist impression of the Paradiso project, King of Prussia in Bovey Tracey
Artist impression of the Paradisio project, King of Prussia in Bovey Tracey
More than £288,000 was raised back in 2017 to save the derelict 16th century pub in Bovey Tracey, the historic King of Prussia, situated in Fore Street.

The group behind the project, Bovey Tracey Paradiso Arts, back in November 2018 completed the purchase of the Grade II-listed building.

Planning permission was granted back in 2018 for the conversion and extension of the former pub into art centre with art gallery, artists’ studios, cinema/theatre and cafe/bar including the demolition of outbuildings.

But following the initial demolition work, further survey work became necessary as the original measured survey was found to be inaccurate, and at the same time, additional historic fabric was revealed during removal of modern interior fittings and decorations.

Listed building consent is required for the proposed changes, and as a result, a new application encompassing the relatively minor changes to the previous application has been submitted to Teignbridge District Council.

The application says that while there is evidence that some of the walls of the outbuildings date from the 18th century, it has been decided that they are not of adequate historic value to justify their retention, given that the walls have been severely modified and extended and the buildings re-roofed, and given the relatively small site area, the removal of the historic walls is necessary in order for the proposed development to be viable.

The King of Prussia in the centre of Bovey Tracey has been closed for a decade and when converted, the disused building will house a multi-platform arts centre featuring an art gallery and studios, a 40-cover cafe/bar and an exclusive cinema.

The money for the purchase by Bovey Tracey Paradiso Arts was raised within the community in the form of donations and shares.

There has been widespread local support for the project and a comprehensive survey established 98 per cent of those surveyed considered that Bovey Tracey would benefit from a community cinema/theatre in the town centre.

Source: Devon Live

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