HMP Shepton Mallet luxury flats plan rejected by council

Aerial view of Shepton Mallet prison Image copyright City & Country Group
Image caption HMP Shepton Mallet site was the UK's oldest working prison when it closed in 2013

Plans to convert the former Shepton Mallet prison into luxury flats have been rejected.

City & Country had hoped to build 58 new homes and 88 apartments on the site of the Grade-II listed jail.

Mendip District Council threw out the proposal due to inadequate plans for car parking.

Campaigners had previously said the conversion would have destroyed part of the town's heritage.

Developers had planned to retain seven prison cells and turn part of the B-wing into a heritage space and cafe.

Objectors had raised concerns the development might have disturbed the graves of executed prisoners.

The prison once housed the infamous Kray twins. It was the oldest working prison in the country before it closed in 2013.

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Image caption During World War Two, the prison's imposing 75ft-high stone walls housed the Magna Carta, the Domesday Book and the Logs of Nelson's Flagship HMS Victory

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