Archive | September 2016

Star and Garter in Sheffield

The Star and Garter in Sheffield is to be replaced with student accommodation:

https://planningapps.sheffield.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OCH39CNYLEK00

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It is a charming corner pub just across from the university. Are students not drinking anymore? Suppose there isn’t much beer money left after tuition fees. Someone ironically across the road from the planning department I may add….

 

 

Former Methodist School, Farnley

Demolition of former snooker club, Farnley

https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=O9U6KIJBKWP00

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Quite a nice building that provides some nice high street active frontage. Not historical in the sense of The Royal Cresent or Saltaire, this building was erected in 1905 as a Methodist School and plays a part in the history of Leeds, which is a relatively modern city.

Maybe not the greatest loss, but my worry is that it will be replaced with a design that does not contribute to an active streetscape. Old building are very good at this.

Old Westgate Redoubt building, Snapethorpe

Plans by the council to demolish an outbuilding of Snapethorpe Primary School:

https://planning.wakefield.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OBC9V2QQKBU00

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Forgive the terrible photo from Google Earth’s Streetview archives circa 2012.

Some local objection to this proposal that coherently cites the councils own policy:

http://savelupsetgreenfields.homeip.net/node/544

Death, Taxes, and local authorities not adhering to their own policies are the only certainties in life.

A handsome building that will be a loss to the visual fabric of the area. Not worthy of listing, never the less it is the kind of building I dream of inheriting from a long lost uncle and spending the rest of my life as custodian.

Incidentally, the argument that a building has to be demolished because it has been “regularly targeted by vandals and trespasser’s” is an old and hackneyed cliche in the planning consultant’s armory. Misdemeanors do not necessitate flattening the site and starting over.

Cellars Clough Mill, Marsden

Application to demolish, and develop 55 houses on  a site in rural Huddersfield:

https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/planning-applications/search-for-planning-applications/detail.aspx?id=2016%2f91573

 

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This mill found its way into the local press last year through a fantastic redevelopment that would have seen the building incorporated into an innovative mixed use scheme albeit with the sad loss of the chimney. Sadly this developer withdrew:

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/developer-who-said-marsden-residents-6776181

The new scheme includes plans for 55 dwellings and 143 spaces for vehicles, all of which will have to journey into Huddersfield or Manchester each day to keep the intended residents in employment.

The location is not sustainable by the councils own reckoning and my own predilection for saving heritage assets notwithstanding, there is surely a huge risk of flooding on what is effectively an island on a waterway at the foot of the Pennines (and it really does rain up on those hills).

The planning consultant argues the development will bring much needed ‘diversity’ to the area. What a sacred cow that word is. Diversity is actually the exact opposite of  throngs of white flighters looking for rural detached housing.

It is another anachronistic building in an awkward location. But it is also our heritage, and believe me Kirklees, if you hang on, something amazing will happen with this building.