However, the council considered that total loss of the former industrial building's grade C listed façade as part of plans to redevelop the wider area for housing had not been sufficiently justified and its loss would diminish the conservation area’s historic significance and appearance. The reporter found that condition reports accompanying the proposal were fair and had not been contested by the council.
The reports stated that at least half of the existing stone would be damaged and lost during the process of taking it down to incorporate into a new scheme, while the surface of the remaining half would be affected through cleaning and paint removal to the extent that it would adversely affect the façade’s architectural integrity. The reporter concluded that the façade could not reasonably be repaired in situ or rebuilt further back.
While authorising its demolition, she held that the original signage on the building could be retained and incorporated into the new scheme, thus providing a valuable link to interpretation of the site’s industrial heritage and allowing preservation of one of the building’s features of special historic interest. As consent was in place for an acceptable replacement scheme and given the building’s poor condition, she concluded that its demolition would not adversely affect the conservation area’s character or appearance.
Reporter: Rosie Leven; Written representations