BEFORE planning permission to convert the Maltings was granted last year, the Henley Society had objected,
BEFORE planning permission to convert the Maltings was granted last year, the Henley Society had objected, saying the building should be retained as the most complete example of a malting kiln in Henley.
But this week, David Whitehead, a member of the society, said: “I know we made some comments about the historical structure but we realise they have to modernise it. On the whole we are happy with it.”
However, Ruth Gibson, secretary of theÂ Henley Archaeological and Historical Group, said: “We have lost our last malthouse in Henley. We object to this kind of developments because it involves removing a lot of external structure and raising the roof.
“It obviously needs to be used but I think commercial use is less intensive than residential. It should be well protected but I wouldn’t be astonished if it was delisted in the future.”