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Cottage in Stean village, near Harrogate

Stunning vernacular rural cottage to lost in the hamlet of Stean:

Stean is about as perfect a Yorkshire hamlet as you will find. And being a hamlet, the loss of a 9 bedroom cottage in the centre is a significant portion of the historic building stock.

Stean cottage, clearly is fundamental to the hamlet, as it bears its name. I can’t imagine what there is to gain from replacing a 9 bedroom dwelling however, the MET is likely to be outdated and the design and access statement suggests issues with damp.

The applicant assures that the replacement will recycle the existing materials, and insist that ‘any visitor will think it has been there forever’


Clough House, Birstall

Application to demolish two Georgian buildings in Kirklees for 30 new houses:

Top: front elevation of Clough House. Lower: Outbuilding to the rear

Cough House built in 1799 should be afforded statutory protection. I quote English Heritage; ‘all buildings built before 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition are likely to be listed, as are most buildings built between 1700 and 1850.’

This should be a relatively simple planning dialogue between Kirkless and the developer. Yes, go ahead and develop the site, but only in a way that preserves the historic buildings, and as per local policy, enhances the setting.

If this is not done, then Kirklees’ own policies have been flouted.

As expected the heritage statement commissioned by the developer supports the demolition of the buildings, as they are not as ornate as some of the other mill owners’ villas of the same period. He goes on to state that the new housing quantum is worth the loss of the building.

You can almost certainly have both. The developer as per usual is just demanding a carte blanche site to get stuck into. This is not good planning. I urge you to object.

House at Cliffe, Selby

Rural cottage to be replced with three hosues:

Charming Ivy clad cottage to come down just to teh East of Selby in Cliffe village. Its the nuances that are abscent from new builds that initially piqued my interest in heritage. The above, for example, has a boundary wall that attaches to the gable wall. This sort of feature will be abscent from the replacement, but in design terms, marries the building to its environment.

Hopefully the ivy will grow back over the three hosues that replace this bulding.

Cottages in East Yorkshire

Three rural cottages to be lost in The East Riding:

The Old Post Office, Hotham
Ivy Cottage, Rudston
West View, Station Road, Holm-on-Spalding-Moor

All three of which are a shame to lose it goes without saying, particularly as they are all fit for purpose. The Old Post office is in fact being encorporated into the neighbouring house, so the local authority will actually lose a dwelling.

The replacement housing comes straight out of the architects pattern book, to wit, three unique buildings will be gone forever.

Aubrey House, York

Plans to demolish a culster of buildings for student flats in York:

A sweet pair of houses will be lost to make way for student accomodation.
I fully understand the need to densify sites such as this, to avoid students consuming residential accomodation elsewhere in the city, so it would be difficult to oppose the loss of these buildings for that purpose.

Those black cast iron railings will be sorely missed however.

The Cottage residential care home, Hull

Former cottage home, Hull:

Hull care home

This building was lost last year but went under my radar.

One of a number of cottage homes for orphans in this area, that have been left to the elements and have subsequently been demolished, development of this site is now in the planning process. The buildings were afforded protection under a local listing status, but this goes to show that nothing is safe, if left in disrepair.

Props to the conservation officer, Philip Hampel, who has put the time into a detailed response, giving some historical context to the site and daring to note that the replacement dwellings are unsympathetic to the context, and disrupt the rhythm of the street front.

Bengreave Farm, Bradfield, Sheffield

Application to demolish a farmhouse near Damflask Reservoir, Sheffield:

Hollin House


I must give thanks to the heritage statement for the detailed research, placing this building in the mid18th century, as a traditional laithe-house with local historical significance. I can feel the author’s reluctance to support the demolition of this building, in spite of being on the books of the developer.

Let’s hope the replacement is as architecturally interesting and also manages to get three centuries of use from generations of families.

Detached house, Barnsley

Application to demolish stone cottage in Elsecar:

Elsecar house

A handsome cottage sadly now in a state of dilapidation, just down the road from the Elsecar Heritage Centre museum. Somehow the applicant is going to squeeze two detached dwellings onto this plot. Humans must be getting smaller.

Braithwaite Lodge, Doncaster

Application to demolish a farmhouse near Braithwaite, Doncaster:

lodge lane

This application involves the replacement of the house with a new dwelling, so perhaps the condition of the building has deteriorated internally. A lack of available planning documents leaves this to speculation. A beautiful rural house nonetheless, the building’s complex geometry of lean-to and extension elements are charming. I’d be curious to know if beneath the render it is stone or brick. Smashing it to pieces is one way to find out I suppose.

Nortonthorpe Lodge, Scissett

Gatehouse to be knocked down in Scissett, Huddersfield:

Nortonthorpe Lodge

Prior notification of demolition, so no development control determination for this cute lodge.

Photos included in the application show the rear of the building to have perished, with severe structural damage that would need a large amount of investment to remedy. Unfortunately, the size of the building probably would render such a project uneconomic.

Nonetheless, four-roomed dwellings like this are a vital part of the housing stock. If/when I am in the autumn of my years and can no longer face stairs, this is the kind of place I wish to wind up.

Lodges like this make the built heritage of West Yorkshire feel like Hansel and Gretel should be leaving bread all over the place. As with Methodist Churches and Working Mens’ Clubs, they somehow are slipping through the net of policy-led planning, with no means of recourse to save them from demolition.