Proposals are now at an advanced stage with planning applications due to be submitted to the relevant bodies any day.
What PGL Gets
PGL WILL BE GETTING 80% OF THE MAIN CURRENT VISITOR ATTRACTION AREA
The areas outlined in GREEN will be leased to PGL.
These are the main areas now used by the Royal Gunpowder Mills for its Visitor Attraction. The loss of these areas will make it impossible for this to continue in its present form. They include:
- The main car park (the poorly maintained overflow car park will be retained)
- The Queens Mead open space
- The ‘Grade 1 listed mid 19th Century Steam Powered Incorporating Mill building and its reconstructed Incorporating Mill, Group C Incorporating Mill
- The ‘Mad Lab’ science demonstration building and ‘Rocket Vault’ exhibition
- The Main Lab
- The Café
- The Education Centre
- Volunteer accommodation and workshops
- Plant and Tools storage
What the Royal Gunpowder Mills is Left With
The areas outlined in BLUE will be retained by the Royal Gunpowder Mills for its Visitor Attraction. They include:
- The Main Exhibition
- The Theatre
- The Armoury Exhibition
- The Shop / Ticket Office
- The Mixing House (Women at War Exhibition)
- The Overflow Carpark
- Building H7 (currently leased to DNA Dance studio)
- The Green Hut housing the restored gunpowder boat
- The 2′-6″ Narrow Gauge Railway project along the lower western half of the SSSI
- The 7 1/4″ Narrow Gauge Railway project beside the Long Walk
- The Woodland “Site of Special Scientific Interest” ( SSSI)
- The remains of the derelict gunpowder and explosives processing and storage buildings, canals and other structures that comprise the Royal Gunpowder Mills “Scheduled Ancient Monument” (SAM)
At first glance, it may look like the Royal Gunpowder Mills is left with most of the site to develop a new Visitor Attraction, but it should be pointed out that:
The Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) and Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) are protected areas and new construction of buildings and services is not permitted and there are no mains services on this part of the site.
What is a SAM?
There are over 200 ‘classes’ of monuments on the Schedule, and they range from prehistoric standing stones and burial mounds, through to the many types of medieval site – castles, monasteries, abandoned farmsteads and villages – to the more recent results of human activity, such as collieries.
Scheduling is applied only to sites of national importance, and even then only if it is the best means of protection (see ‘Alternatives to Scheduling’ below). Only deliberately created structures, features and remains can be scheduled. There are almost 20,000 Scheduled Monuments.
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What is a SSSI?
Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are protected by law to conserve their wildlife or geology.