Humber Street's two oldest buildings will be demolished as part of Fruit Market redevelopment

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Jul 2017

Plans to demolish two derelict buildings in Humber Street have been given the go-ahead.

The adjoining properties were last used as temporary art galleries.

One dates back to 1757, making it the oldest former residential building in Hull's Fruit Market.

However, a site visit by planning councillors to view the dilapidated properties was enough to convince them to support the re-development scheme put forward by development partners Wykeland and Beal Homes.

After the demolition, two new commercial units will be built with four one-bed flats above.

The design of the new buildings will mirror the historic feel of the two properties they are replacing.

The proposed new buildings in Humber Street

Councillor Rilba Jones, who represents the area, said: "My heart sank when I first read about the demolition plans but having been on the site visit it's clear to me there's very little point in keeping them.

"We have already had one old building collapse in the Fruit Market and we don't want anything further like that."

She described the replacement buildings as being "entirely sympathetic" to neighbouring former wholesale fruit warehouses in the street which have been retained and refurbished as part of the £80m facelift project.

Planning committee chairman Councillor Alan Gardner said: "The site visit was a real eye-opener. There is nothing really left inside those buildings at all."

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