Archive | August 2016

Christ Church Primary Academy

Demolition of a school building in Shipley:

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Demolition does not require full planning permission, but rather a demolition notice, so this has been progressed with alacrity.

A nice looking building that looks to be in good condition, but as the officers report suggests, way off English Heritage’s radar.

The centralized position on the site would make any redevelopment difficult should someone want to capitalise on the full footprint, and as such there was no chance conservation would have been contemplated.

The rest of the school will presumably stay open.

At this point, as the people tell me I am an overly zealous heritage obsessive, I remind them that this type of building can NEVER be built again.


Couple of pubs in Brownfield Bradford

Two more pubs are to be demolished in the industrial fringes of Bradford.

Royal Oak, Sticker Lane:

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New Inn, Manchester Road:

New Inn Bradford.JPG


It always amazes me that pubs in the middle of nowhere, in the middle class hinterlands and along the traditional MAMEL routes are thriving at the moment. Their fate did not look so rosy a few years ago, but something cultural changed, and people suddenly were intrigued by pubs (and the fare they offer) in the middle of nowhere. They provide pilgrimage for weekends.

Wouldn’t it be great if these superannuated urban pubs could find such a resurgence, perhaps from intrepid urban explorers, or those seeking something different. Over to you Camra.



Crown Hotel, Chickenly

Pub to be demolished just outside of Dewsbury in Chickenley:


There is literally nothing else in Chickenley aside from housing estates. This is all they had to give Chickenley a sense of place, but no one went and now more houses will be built once it has been leveled. Another pub outmoded by suburban life.

Amidst such streets as Short Street and Mill Lane that hint at an erstwhile quaint industrial settlement, another name on the map has slowly  become completely meaningless.