Council admits it was wrong for approving historic building demolition plans

Council admits it was wrong for approving historic building demolition plans

By Gareth Dennison | 16/07/2020

Council admits it was wrong for approving historic building demolition plans


ROTHERHAM Council has rescinded the demolition permission granted for Bramley’s Olde Hall after being challenged by the Advertiser.

The authority has admitted that the site notice erected by applicant Dennis Hobson did not meet official standards.

RMBC was criticised for approving the bid to knock down the building, which dates back to 1666, on the quiet.

Neighbours said they had not been contacted and the application did not appear on the council’s weekly planning bulletin email or its online map.

Simon Moss, RMBC assistant director for planning, regeneration and transport, said: “We have reviewed the site notice that was displayed and found that it doesn’t contain all the necessary information for the demolition procedure.

“We have notified the applicant that they don’t have permission to demolish the building.

“A new application to demolish the building will have to be made by the owner which will require a new site notice to be displayed.”

He added: “In addition to the site notice, we will directly notify all interested parties to let them know that a new application has been received.

“The only matters that can be considered by the council’s planning service are the method of demolition and the restoration of the site. Objections based on the loss of the building cannot be considered as it is not a protected building.”

Bramley Parish Council clerk Rob Foulds said: “So Simon Moss is now saying how they will notify all interested parties. Simple question for Simon: Why didn’t he notify us of the first application and why had that first application been hidden from the public domain?

“This, at best, is a contrivance to circumnavigate the consultation process, particularly so in respect of the objections which may well have been submitted, whereby had there been, say, six objections, then it would have had to go before the planning board.

“So, by squirreling the application away, the board was excluded from the process... very convenient. Ward councillors take note.”

He added: “I note that the planners are refusing to accept objections to the loss of the building and I think perfectly that sums up their attitude toward Bramley.

“That is: don’t care, just smash up the history and stuff their own not-so-precious so-called policies about ‘proposals which detrimentally affect the setting of a listed building’.

“This business is a disgrace and RMBC brings the planning system into disrepute.”

Site notices must include the site address, a proposed demolition date and the name and address of the local planning authority, which were all missing in this case.

Mr Foulds said: “Clearly, RMBC planners didn’t bother to check the submission or were more than likely happy to go along with the omission.”

Mr Hobson is a director of JML Residential Property Developments, which was previously granted permission to convert the building into housing.

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