|Bronte House at Willow Court.|
THE award-winning Agrarian Kitchen cooking school has been granted an exclusive licence to negotiate with the Derwent Valley Council for the use of Bronte House at the Willow Court historic site in New Norfolk.
At the council’s monthly meeting on Monday night this week, the council reversed an earlier decision to lease the building to the Derwent Valley Community House, having received a request for the community house to go to the Carinya Education Park instead.
In a written report to the meeting, council general manager Greg Winton said two proposals had been received seeking use of the council-owned building known as Bronte House or B Ward, and its immediate surrounds. “Successful grant funding has enabled the undertaking of major restoration works on the Bronte building in the past two years. This has resulted in the majority of the building now being ready for adaptive re-use,” he said.
|The sunroom at Bronte House.|
“For some time council has been considering the potential reuse for buildings within the Willow Court precinct. The November 2015 local visit by the Prime Minister provided the first limited public viewing of the restoration works undertaken [and] it is understood this event prompted a level of interest and subsequent proposal submission,” Mr Winton said.
|This room was originally a dormitory when Bronte House
was built in 1925.
Under the interim Derwent Valley Planning Scheme, the Willow Court precinct comes under a Historic Heritage Code, with a separate Special Purpose zoning. “Due to this zoning any development will need to be advertised. Heritage Tasmania and other relevant experts will be consulted during further investigations into the proposed use of the site.”
- Give initial in-principle support to the further development of the proposals for the use of the Bronte building and immediate surrounds
- Grant an exclusivity licence to the proprietors of the Agrarian Kitchen to negotiate an acceptable arrangement by 31 March 2016
- Nominate Councillors Frank Pearce and Damian Bester to assist in the process and authorise the general manager to negotiate acceptable terms
- Receive monthly reports on the progress of the proposal.