The building, constructed in the late 1950s/early 1960s, had replaced a bomb damaged villa which would have been much more in keeping with the design of other buildings nearby, the reporter decided. In agreeing with the council that the building had a neutral impact on the conservation area, the reporter held that since this was not positive there was no presumption in favour of its retention. Provided the site did not remain vacant for long its demolition was preferable. A condition was imposed preventing demolition until contracts had been secured for the redevelopment of the site in accordance with a current planning permission.
Reporter: Steve Field; Written representations