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Stortford law firm set to quit town centre

By Herts & Essex Observer  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

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ONE of Bishop’s Stortford’s oldest businesses is set to quit the town centre.

Tees Solicitors has confirmed it is in talks about a move from the High Street to Tanners Wharf – just a week after neighbouring tailors Tissimans announced it was shutting up shop after four centuries.

The law firm, founded in 1913 by Herbert Stanley Tee, which has over 200 employees in the town and offices at Cambridge, Chelmsford, Dunmow, Northampton and Saffron Walden, is bound for the office block at Marriott Court previously earmarked for a new medical centre.

David Redfern, senior partner, said: “I can say that we are in negotiations with a developer that may result in our relocation to Marriott Court in due course.”

The move has prompted speculation about the future of the historic High Street premises of both Tees and Tissimans as plans progress for the adjacent Pearsons site, fronting North Street.

Mr Redfern said: “The business does not own the freeholds in the High Street, Bishop's Stortford, but the owners of those are in connected discussion about their sale. It is far too early to say what future plans may be made in relation to the High Street.

“Neither the business nor the owners of the freeholds have any connection with, or involvement in, any part of the former Pearson's site or its future.”

Richard Coke, of Coke Gearing Chartered Surveyors, is the agent for Tanners Wharf Ltd.

Last year the developer went into battle over plans for a Stortford super-surgery and emerged victorious when East Herts District Council approved its scheme for the building off London Road and rejected the rival scheme for Silver Leys from Care Capital.

Both were bidding to provide a new base for the existing South Street surgery, but this week Mr Coke confirmed the change of direction: “We are in discussions with a major local occupier … hopefully everything will be signed by the end of February.”

He said negotiations with the South Street surgery were currently on hold – with an appeal pending on the Silver Leys site and uncertainty about how plans for 2,200 homes from the Bishop’s Stortford North Consortium will affect future demand for GP services.

However as Marriott Court comprises of two, near identical 25,000 sq ft blocks, it would still be possible to accommodate a medical centre, regardless of the Tees Solicitors move, in the future if required.

Mr Coke confirmed that developers behind plans to revitalise the former Pearsons site would be meeting with East Herts District Council planners shortly to discuss options.

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  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  February 07 2013, 11:55PM

    The only people in their armchairs now are those who are too trusting, blinded by propaganda and cannot accept what is about to happen in this area. Hopefully these poor souls will stay inside on 2 May presuming their precious (small c) conservatives will just automatically be re elected. Gives those that truly care the chance to get anybody in other than twits we have today.

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  February 07 2013, 12:57PM

    Presumably Chequers your definition of 'bent' is: "entirely in keeping with the spirit and letter of the law" as those who have got out of their armchairs have sought to engage and influence rather than accept what would otherwise happen?

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  February 07 2013, 3:57AM

    EHDC Consultant? Keep tabs on what is going on....? 2 Developers? So BS is obliged to have new builds....? the whole thing is bent and taxpayers fund it.

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  February 06 2013, 11:58PM

    Well, I'm quite certain that building another 2,200 homes in BS will result in a minimum of 4,400 new patients looking immediately for a GP surgery to register at. There, that wasn't difficult.

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  February 06 2013, 5:54PM

    BS Neighbourhood Plan group of 12 is 75% volunteers; residents association reps; Chamber of Commerce Chair; EHDC consultant and 2 developers, (who have to be involved by law in an NP).

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  February 06 2013, 4:13PM

    The BS Neighbourhood Plan will look like a ring doughnut. What will the filling be? Henderson Jam? Tindale sprinkles? Carver Cream? Woodward shavings?

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  February 06 2013, 3:22PM

    One Councillor's in Newark, another's drinking freebie coffee and eating angel cakes whilst twittering, another is being interviewed by solicitors/police/standards boards protesting innocence, another is unfit for office, another is doing deals with his mate who has the grass cutting contract for the Council and the rest don't know what day of the week it is. All the "leaders" MP,Council Leader, Mayor etc have all vanished.

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  February 06 2013, 1:37PM

    What is going on in this town ! A town of coffee shops and eateries,what do these councillors do every day apart from visit cafes and pubs !

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  February 06 2013, 11:47AM

    Another one bites the dust. Any comment Cllr Colin Woodward? The centre of Stortford will shortly resemble Nagasaki or Hiroshima. There'll be plenty of car parking soon with no cars or shops but grab yourself a radioactive coffee!